Elvis Presley army documents with a mispelling of Alvis are up for sale at an auction
The official papers from the star's first few days in the military have the name 'PRESLEY, ALVIS' written in the top left.
They date from 1958 shortly after Elvis had been conscripted into the army and while he was training at Fort Hood in Texas.
Despite being an international superstar at the time and his attendance at the army base being a major media event, it appears one officer didn't know who he was.
The papers are being sold by a private UK collector through London-based auctioneer Dreweatts and Bloomsbury, which has placed an £8,000 estimate on them.Despite being an international superstar at the time and his attendance at the army base being a major media event, it appears one officer didn't know who he was.
The papers are being sold by a private UK collector through London-based auctioneer Dreweatts and Bloomsbury, which has placed an £8,000 estimate on them.
The official papers date from 1958 and were signed by the star despite the misspelt name
Valentina Borghi, of the auctioneers, said: "The spelling mistake within these documents adds an extra element of intrigue to the sale because it makes people laugh.
"Elvis was very famous by the time he joined the army so it is amazing to think that someone didn't know who he was.
"Whoever the officer was clearly wasn't a fan of popular music."
The documents are particularly significant because there are so few records from this comparatively little-known period of Elvis' life.
An auctioneer said the misspelt name could add an extra element to its sale as its a funny mistake
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"The spelling mistake within these documents adds an extra element of intrigue to the sale because it makes people laugh.
Valentina Borghi, Auctioneers
The first page is a checklist of 31 items of clothing such as caps, gloves, trousers and shoes.
Page two bears seven individual signatures penned by Presley.
Miss Borghi said: "The documents date back to his days of army training in Texas, which is so interesting because he was only there six months and we have very few records of that time.
"There is plenty of signed Elvis memorabilia but unfortunately lots of it is fake, unlike this document which has a verifiable provenance.
"We know where he was and what he was doing at the time and also these are military documents, which are obviously legitimate.
"The market for Elvis memorabilia never depresses and when the right item comes up collectors come in their droves." Presley trained at Fort Hood with A Company of the Third Armored Division's 1st Medium Tank Battalion for six months from March 1958.
During this time he became a pistol sharpshooter and expressed satisfaction with military life, although friends at home claim he was less upbeat.
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As well as suffering from homesickness Presley is said to have worried terribly about the future of his burgeoning career.
By June, following a short break to record new material, he was living with his parents off post.
While Presley was still engaged at Fort Hood his beloved mother Gladys died of a heart attack brought on by alcohol abuse.
Elvis was an international star amid joining the army, but one officer didn't know who he was
A month later in September he was stationed in West Germany, where he met future wife Priscilla and became dependent on stimulants and barbituates.
This dependency ultimately led to his divorce and his untimely death in 1977.
The documents will be sold tomorrow.