The number 6 written on the painting by Elvis refers directly to his third single record and the sixth
song recorded with Sun Studios label. The song title is "Milk Cow Blues Boogie" written by K. Arnold and recorded by Elvis
and the Blue Moon Boys in August 1954.
The painting is of a Holstein dairy
cow. The Presley's owned a milk cow at one time. The Van Gogh Museum has authenticated paintings of Holstein cows painted
by Vincent van Gogh. The references for the Holstein cow painting are "Lying Cow", The Hague, August 1883 F 1C, JH 389 and
"Lying Cow", The Hague, August 1883 F 1B, JH 388. The oil on canvas signed by Elvis was painted in 1883 at The Hague. The
location and date are documented in the painting. The ox legs are similar in style to "Cart with Red and White Ox" painted
by Van Gogh, July 1884, F 38 and JH 504. Please note the face of man with dark hair covering one eye and smoking a cigarette
on the side of the cow on this webpage of "Cow in the Meadow" signed by Elvis. The Van Gogh authenticated painting "Potatoe
Planting" F 172, JH 514 is of a red and white ox pulling a plow. On the side of the ox, in the large red spot closest to the
rear of the ox is the black outline of a face smoking a cigarette.
Presley Enterprises, Inc. confirmed they have no record or examples of Elvis ever painting. However, it is documented that
Elvis did sign pictures by other artists.
Bruner, Christo Associates, Inc. nationally
recognized forensic document examiners authenticated the handwriting for Elvis A. Presley's signature on the front and the
dedication written on the canvas on the reverse. This authentication is based on authentic Elvis A. Presley signatures provided
by Graceland and a copy of a letter written by Elvis to President Richard Nixon.
Gwendolyn Smith has declared the painting attributed to Vincent van Gogh. This is based on physical review of the painting
and various types of photography including x-ray. The painting is signed by the artist. The date painted is 1883. The location
is "The Hague". The location, year painted and artist name is visable within the painting.
Speckin Forensic Laboratories provided ink analysis using microscopy, infrared examination, solvent
testing for solubility and colorfast testing. They confirmed no alterations, ink consistent with 1952 and the type of writing
instrument used. They discovered the second Elvis #6 written on the face of the painting using infrared examination.