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Priscilla Presley (then Priscella Beaulieu) first met Elvis in Germany in 1959 while he was serving in the U.S. Army. Priscilla was just fourteen at the time and was living her mother and stepfather, Air Force Captain Joseph Beaulieu, who had recently been transferred overseas from Texas. Elvis became infatuated with her and the two stayed in contact with each other even after Elvis had returned home from Germany. In the summer of 1962 Priscilla first visited Elvis at Graceland, eventually moving there permanently the following spring. She would finish her senior year of high school in Memphis. Three years later, on May 1, 1967, the couple was married in a private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. On February 1, 1968, exactly nine months from the date of their marriage, Priscilla gave birth to their only child, Lisa Marie Presley. Unfortunately, the marriage would not last long and the two would separate in 1972, with the divorce becoming final on October 9, 1973. Despite the breakup, the two remained friends and Elvis continued to maintain a close relationship with both his daughter and ex-wife.
Offered is an extraordinary archive of rare legal documents, signed by each, chronicling the breakup of their famous marriage. The documents include both their marital termination agreement and property settlement agreement along with a later modification agreement regarding both of the aforementioned documents. 1) 1972 Marital Termination Agreement: Nine page document, dated August 15, 1972 signed by both "Elvis Aaron Presley" ("10) in black ink and "Priscilla Ann Presley" ("10") in blue ink on page nine. Additionally, two separate pages have been initialed in the margins "E.A.P." (each "10") in black ink by Elvis Presley, the first being in acceptance to a provision regarding child support and the second being in acceptance to a provision regarding spousal support. The document stresses the fact that "the parties wish to avoid unnecessary litigation and the emotional stress and expense which would accompany same, and to resolve the matters of child custody, child support and to forever, finally and completely settle all their rights to spousal support and... this Marital Settlement Agreement is intended to be a final, binding and non-modifiable agreement between the parties." The reason given for the divorce, as stated within, is "Unfortunate circumstances and unhappy differences have arisen between the parties by reason of which they have lived separate and apart since February 23, 1972, and by reason of which they intend to dissolve their marriage through a Petition therefor to be filed by Husband in the Los Angeles Superior Court." The document (8 1/2" x 13") exhibits a number of staple holes along the top, otherwise in Excellent condition. 2) 1972 Property Settlement Agreement: Eleven page document, dated August 15, 1972, signed by both "Elvis Aaron Presley" ("10) in black ink and "Priscilla Ann Presley" ("10") in blue ink on page nine. Additionally, one page has been initialed "E.A.P." ("10) in black ink and "P.A.P" ("10") in blue ink by Elvis and Priscilla, respectively, in acceptance of a provision regarding division of community property. Page ten bears the signatures of two notaries while the final page bears the signatures of each party's attorney. Community property listed includes a home in Beverly Hills, one in Los Angeles, and one in Palm Springs, as well as a Mercedes Benz, a Cadillac Eldorado, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and "cash in various banks." A separate paragraph refers to "Husband's Separate Property," which would include Graceland, although it is not actually named within. Other issues addressed include "Assignment of Insurance," "Payment of Community Obligations," "Waiver of Right to Inherit," and "Filing of Income Tax Returns." The document (8 1/2" x 13") exhibits a number of staple holes along the top, otherwise in Excellent condition. 3) 1973 Modification of Property Settlement and Marital Termination Agreements of August 15, 1972: Ten page document, dated October 4, 1973, signed by both "Elvis Aaron Presley" ("10) in blue ink and "Priscilla Ann Presley" ("10") in back ink on page ten. The final page has also been signed by each party's attorney. The document references the two previously listed agreements and goes on to add that Elvis was willing to abide by the provisions of the agreements executed on August 15, 1972, but that "On May 29, 1973, Priscilla...filed a motion...to set aside her default; to invalidate, rescind or nullify the Property Settlement and Marital Termination Agreements executed August 15, 1972. Elvis has contested and disputed the right of Priscilla to set aside her default..." Priscilla was claiming further community property interest after she and her counsel "obtained access to and opportunity to inspect some of the records of Broadcast Music, Inc., (BMI) and The American Society of Composers, Authors And Publishers (ASCAP)...whose function is to account for the performance royalties due and payable to copyright proprietors of musical compositions..." The document goes on to state that "Elvis and Priscilla have requested and hereby intend that the matters in dispute be amicably and harmoniously settled" and outlines several changes from the original agreements. With regards to Lisa Marie, Priscilla would be granted physical custody, with Elvis having "the rights of reasonable visitation and right to physical custody of Lisa for reasonable times and periods convenient to Elvis and Priscilla and Lisa..." This important document would be the final step to the couple's official split, with their divorce being granted just five days later on October 9, 1973. The document (8 1/2" x 13") exhibits file holes, as well as a number of staple holes, along the top, otherwise in Excellent condition. 4) 1974 Stipulation Modifying Marital Termination Agreements And Order: Three page document, dated December 13, 1974, signed by both "Elvis Presley" (secretarial signature) in blue ink and "Priscilla Presley" ("10") in back ink on page three, with Priscilla having added the date "Dec 13. '74" next to her signature. The final page has also been signed by each respective attorney. Typed on Tankel, Toll & Leavitt letterhead, Attorneys for Respondent, and headed "Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles In re the marriage of Petitioner: Elvis Aaron Presley and Respondent: Priscilla Ann Presley." The document is a modification of the three previously listed agreements being, respectively, the 1972 Marital Termination Agreement, the 1972 Property Settlement Agreement and the 1973 Modification of Property Settlement and Marital Termination Agreements of August 15, 1972. The purpose of this particular agreement is "to secure or guarantee the payment to Respondent of the sum due her as spousal support ordered by the Court..." It states that Elvis has opened an account in Priscilla's name in a Memphis bank and deposited $100,000 "so that the amounts therein deposited would eventually equal the unpaid balance of amounts due Respondent..." It is agreed that Elvis will deposit money as he finds it practical and convenient, provided that the total amount is deposited on or before December 15, 1976. Monthly payments of $6,000 will be deducted from the total sum due of $720,000. The document (8 1/2" x 11") is accompanied by a nearly identical three page photo copy of the agreement which bears only the facsimile signatures of Priscilla and her attorney. The first document (signed by both) exhibits two horizontal fold lines, file holes and a staple hole along the top, otherwise in Excellent condition. A simply incredibly significant collection of legal papers documenting Elvis Presley's divorce from Priscilla. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Bob Eaton/R&R