A previous owner of a private jet also once owned by Elvis Presley is disputing an auction house’s claim that the king of rock ‘n’ roll designed its red velvet interior.
Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Albuquerque that he designed the interior himself after eating at an old restaurant in Roswell, New Mexico. McKay says when he purchased the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar it has a two-toned gray interior and “kind of looked like a casket.”
GWS Auctions Inc. of California is auctioning off the jet after it sat on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years.
The auction house says Elvis designed the interior, which photos show has red velvet seats and red shag carpet.
GWS Auctions says it didn’t take McKay’s claims seriously.
McKay says he used the plane to travel the country with his family.
“Things that we would have longer flights, we would use the Jet-Star,” he said.
McKay claims he designed the interior himself after eating at an old restaurant in Roswell years ago. McKay tells KOB he was impressed with the red button and the tuck style of the lounge.
Soon after, McKay found himself designing the interior of the jet once owned by Elvis.
“That was my particular taste and I said ‘Oh wow, that’s nice, that’s what we’ll have done,’” McKay said.
Red velvet seats, matching the carpet, detailed woodwork and gold accents were added to the jet.
“I put the wood paneling in and I had some gold rigs since we’re in the oil business, I thought that would look pretty classy,” McKay said.
Curious about McKay’s claims, KOB reached out to the auction company. A representative said over the phone, “we don’t want to go down that rabbit hole,” and “we don’t take this claim seriously.”
Meantime, McKay said he just wants the next owner to know the truth.
“I’ve been told that you know, ‘Boy, that would have been something Elvis would have done’ well, that’s not, could be, but he did not do this plane,” he said. “I just don’t want to see people getting into potential problems when we know better. My conscious and my kid’s conscious are a little bit sensitive to this particular issue.”
The 1962 Lockheed Jet-star-one is expected to sell for up to $3 million. There is currently a starting bid of $12,000.
The undated photo provided by GWS Auctions, Inc. shows the interior of a private jet once owned by Elvis Presley on a runway in New Mexico. They say, “The interior was designed by Elvis Presley, with gold-tone, woodwork, inlay and red velvet seats and red shag carpet.”
However, the plane has no engine and the cockpit has not been restored.