Elvis Presley’s Private Planes Go Up for Auction
Elvis Presley fans are about to have the opportunity to own a big piece of the legendary rocker -- if the price is right, of course! The Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, two private planes owned by the King of Rock and Roll himself, are currently up for auction.
The Hound Dog II was purchased in 1975 for $900,000 and can seat 8-10 passengers comfortably. It was purchased by Presley while he waited for his second plane, the Lisa Marie, to be completed.
Aptly named after Presley's daughter, the Lisa Marie was purchased on April 17, 1975 and was the singer's regular mode of air transportation. Initially paying $250,000, Presley refurbished the plane to include a penthouse bedroom with a custom-made queen-size bed, an executive bathroom with gold fixtures, an in-flight conference room and an audio/video setup including four televisions and stereo system with fifty speakers. With all the renovations, the total cost of the plane was more than $600,000. It seats 28 passengers, and the blue, red and white color scheme was chosen by Presley himself.
The Lisa Marie made its last trip in 1977 when it brought Presley’s former wife, Priscilla Presley, and actor George Hamilton to the singer's funeral, and both planes are currently on display at the singer's Graceland complex in Memphis, Tenn.
The plans are being offered for auction exclusively through Julien's Auctions, which is known for doing business with several high-profile celebrities. The sealed bid action runs now through Feb. 2. For more information, including pictures of the two planes, visit Julien's official website.