Jet owned by Elvis auc­tioned af­ter sit­ting 35 years

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AL­BU­QUERQUE, N.M. — A pri­vate jet once owned by Elvis Pres­ley has been auc­tioned af­ter sit­ting on a run­way in New Mex­ico for 35 years.

The plane sold for $430,000 on Satur­day at an Agoura Hills, Cal­i­for­nia, event fea­tur­ing celebrity mem­o­ra­bilia, GWS Auc­tions Inc. said.

The buyer was not dis­closed in the sold note posted on the firm’s web­site, and auc­tion­eer Brigitte Kruse said she could not im­me­di­ate re­lease in­for­ma­tion about the buyer or the buyer’s plans for the plane.

The auc­tion house says Elvis de­signed the in­te­rior that has gold­tone wood­work, red vel­vet seats and red shag car­pet. But the red 1962 Lock­heed Jet­star has no en­gine and needs a restora­tion of its cock­pit.

The 1962 red Lock­heed Jet­Star was owned by Elvis and his fa­ther, Vernon Pres­ley, Liveauc­tion­eers. com says.

It has been pri­vately owned for 35 years and sit­ting on a tar­mac in Roswell, New Mex­ico.

Pho­tos of the plane show the ex­te­rior in need of restora­tion and seats of the cock­pit torn.

A pre­vi­ous owner of the pri­vate jet dis­puted the auc­tion house’s claim the king of rock ‘n’ roll de­signed its red vel­vet in­te­rior.

Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Al­bu­querque on Tues­day he de­signed the in­te­rior him­self. McKay said that when he pur­chased the red 1962 Lock­heed Jet­star, it had a two-toned gray in­te­rior and “kind of looked like a cas­ket.”

But then-GWS spokesman Carl Carter told The As­so­ci­ated Press the auc­tion house is con­fi­dent Elvis de­signed the in­te­rior, which pho­tos show has red vel­vet seats and red shag car­pet.

Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion records show no in­te­rior changes were ever made to the jet, Carter said.

Pres­ley was born in Tu­pelo on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Mem­phis with his par­ents at age 13. He be­came a lead­ing fig­ure in the fledg­ling rock­a­billy scene by cov­er­ing songs orig­i­nally per­formed by African-Amer­i­can artists like Big Mama Thornton (“Hound Dog”) and Arthur Crudup (“That’s All Right”).

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