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25 May 2017, 02:03 | Lowell Little
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A private aircraft formerly owned by the king of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley is going to be auctioned off after being stuck for 30 years on a NY airport corridor. McKay says when he purchased the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar it has a two-toned gray interior and "kind of looked like a casket".
"Mom said 'Can you image flying around sitting on red velvet seats?' But it is Elvis to a T", said Cynthia Thompson, who was born in Roswell.
This jet was extra special to Elvis as it was one he owned with his dad, Vernon Presley, and is one of only 204 aircraft manufactured between 1957 and 1978 in a private project between Jetstar and Lockheed.
It has been privately owned for 35 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico. "This jet has the potential of being fully restored, and placed on exhibit for the world to come see", the auction website said.
"The interior was custom created to Elvis" specifications. "It's been five or six years since there have been any tours of it", Stark said. GWS Auctions Inc. out of California is holding the auction for the plane on May 27, 2017 at an event featuring A-list celebrity memorabilia.
However, the owner has allowed the plane to be shown at various aviation events. There has been huge curiosity as to who the current owner of Presley's airplane is, but his name has not been released to the public.
Its value is estimated at somewhere between $2 and 3.5 million, making it the ultimate Elvis Presley souvenir for someone with a lot of money and significant storage space.
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