Elvis Presley’s private jet goes under hammer

A young Elvis Presley.
A young Elvis Presley.

A plane once owned by Elvis Presley is going under the hammer after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years.

The private jet – a red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar – will be auctioned off later this month.

It has an estimated value of two million to three and a half million US dollars (£1.5 million to £2.6 million).

Liveauctioneers.com said: “This jet was very important to Elvis as he owned it with his beloved father Vernon.”

The jet was one of many owned by Presley who designed the interior, which includes red velvet seats and red shag carpet.

The plane has sat untouched in Roswell, New Mexico, and has no engines and needs its cockpit restoring.

The auction website said: “This jet has the potential of being fully restored, and placed on exhibit for the world to come see.”

GWS Auctions said the plane will go under the hammer on Saturday at an event in California.

The auction will feature other celebrity memorabilia including handwritten notes from the Beach Boys..