On one level, a completely fascinating paper/item trail leading through Elvis' entire career. But only the most devoted fans will not find themselves bored at some point and bogged down in listing after listing for appearance contracts, letters, and telegrams. Those not interested in the minutiae of his life and career will want to steer clear.
By all accounts, this should itself be a lovely collectible item, but the relentless typos ruin it for me. Being the official catalog for the 1999 auction, I expected better editing and more attention to detail. Things like "form" instead of "from," "American" instead of "America," and misspellings of names *within the same listing* (examples - in the listing for a letter from Elvis' grandfather, his name is at one point spelled "Jessie" and in the same listing "Jesse"; in a lot referring to Steve Allen, his name is spelled both "Allen" and "Allan"). Whoever wrote these listings was also very hit and miss in including important information. Some of the listings are fascinating, detailed, and make clear the significance of the item. Others fail to note important details like whose signature appears on the listed contract/letter/etc.
My other complaint is in regards to what items they chose to include photos of. Time and again, they include a photo of yet another letter or telegram instead of the far more unique item listed on the same page. For example, one listing includes an 8 1/2" Elvis statue - one of the very first merchandising items EVER. But rather than a photo of that lot, they show another paper lot, with two Western Union Telegrams. Another example - one of the listings is for a love seat (or seats - the typos make it unclear) from the TV Room at Graceland, but they don't use a photo of this unique item, they instead use photos of more lots consisting of letters/appearance contracts.
With better editing decisions and proofreading, this could have been a beautiful collectors item, even if (especially if!) you did not attend the auction. As it stands, it does have enough interesting items and a broad look at Elvis' life and career to make it a fun book to check out, but not as grand as I had hoped.