Elvis guitar fight heads to appeals court

Elvis Guitar

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Tennessee man is asking an appeals court to overturn a decision awarding a guitar once owned by Elvis Presley to the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota.

The museum bought the guitar from Robert Johnson in 2012 as part of a collection of instruments worth $250,000. The rock ‘n’ roll icon played the Martin D-35 guitar on his final tour in 1977, the Argus Leader reported.

It was damaged during a show in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Elvis gave it to a fan. He died six months later.

Memphis-based memorabilia collector Larry Moss sued Johnson in Tennessee, arguing he was the rightful owner.

Moss said the D-35 was one of four guitars that Johnson agreed to sell him in 2008 for $120,000. Johnson gave two guitars to Moss for $70,000, but Moss never received the other two and never paid for them.