Elvis' copy of Khalil Gibran’s most famous book, The Prophet, is on sale for nearly US$27,000.
UK rare books dealer Peter Harrington has put up Elvis' annotated copy of The Prophet for sale for £19,500 as part of its summer catalog.
This is the first time this copy has been placed on sale in the country. Presley had presented it to his friend Ed Parker, founder of American Kenpo Karate, in 1960, according to Fine Books Magazine.
Elvis was known to have a passion for reading, and The Prophet, which consists of 26 prose poetry fables, was one of his favorite books, so much so that he memorized it, according to Parker’s memoir.
“A singer can sing his songs but they must have an ear to receive the song. You have within yourself all possibilities to unlock all the answers that plague one’s inner heart. God will give you the knowledge if you only seek it,” Presley’s annotations on this particular copy say.
Another copy of Elvis' The Prophet that he gave to Billy Smith sold at Graceland Auction in 2018 for $4,750. Another copy that Elvis gave to his friend Gary Pepper sold for $5,320.