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170-plus Elvis items up for auction at Graceland

Want an Elvis Presley "Starburst" jumpsuit he wore during concerts in Las Vegas in 1973? Or how about a diamond and gold pendant the King of Rock 'n' Roll gave Sammy Davis Jr.?

They're among 174 authenticated artifacts up for auction Thursday evening at Graceland, Presley's longtime Memphis, Tennessee, home.

The auction is part of Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of Presley's death at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977. Auctions are also held on his birthday in January.

Bids are accepted online for several weeks prior to the live auction, when all the bids are brought to the floor, said Laura Pickett. She's managing director of Graceland Auctions, which handles auctions for Graceland. Pickett said all the artifacts are from third party collectors; nothing is owned by Graceland itself.

Joanne Colless and her husband traveled from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia, to attend this year's Elvis Week. What caught her eye? A pair of 1956 Elvis Presley Enterprises canvas sneakers in like-new condition, with the original pictorial box. The original owner apparently kept them in their box instead of wearing them, according to a description of the sneakers by Graceland Auctions. They're expected to draw bids up to $6,000.

"I like the sneakers ... because my son is a dancer and I think he would really get a kick out of having them to dance in," she said. "And to say he's actually been in the shoes of Elvis Presley."

Check out the gallery above to see some the items up for auction.

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