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Jet once owned by Elvis auctioned for $430,000

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years.

The plane sold for $430,000 Saturday at an Agoura Hills, Calif., event featuring celebrity memorabilia, GWS Auctions Inc. said.

The buyer was not disclosed on the firm’s website. GWS Auctions managing member and lead auctioneer Brigitte Kruse did not immediately return a call.

The auction house said Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a cockpit restoration.

The jet was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley, said.

It has been privately owned for 35 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, N.M.

Photos of the plane show the exterior in need of restoration and seats of the cockpit torn.

A previous owner of the private jet disputed the auction house’s claim the king of rock ’n’ roll designed its red velvet interior.

Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Albuquerque on Tuesday he designed the interior himself. McKay said that when he purchased the jet, it had a two-toned gray interior and “kind of looked like a casket.”

But then-GWS spokesman Carl Carter told The Associated Press the auction house is confident Elvis designed the interior. Federal Aviation Administration records show no interior changes were ever made to the jet, Carter said.

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