The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Turquoise is an ancient gem that is thought to guarantee health, good fortune and protection from evil, and has been used frequently by Native American tribes for various adornments. The word “turquoise” comes from the French word “turquois,” meaning “Turkish,” likely because the stone first arrived in Europe from Turkey. In the west, Native Americans often used the stones for trade, in ceremony and to embellish jewelry. As Native American turquoise jewelry rose in popularity in the 1970s, Elvis often used the stones to enhance his jumpsuits, belts and jewelry. Elvis enjoyed wearing flamboyant accessories containing the stone and the offered necklace is an ideal example of his elaborate style. The necklace has 12 silver figures, each with 6 turquoise stones adorning both sides of the double-stranded chain from which a large center circular pendant with three additional figures hangs. The statement necklace was owned and worn by Elvis before gifting it to J.D. Sumner, with whom Elvis enjoyed a close relationship. J.D. Sumner was the leader of The Stamps Quartet, the backup singing group for Elvis in the 1970s. As a result of their special bond, J.D. Sumner was the recipient of Elvis’ generosity on many occasions, and this beautiful turquoise and sterling silver necklace is a fine example. The necklace comes with a letter signed by J.D. Sumner that states, “Sold to Chris Tassone for the sum of $5,000.00 US from J.D. Sumner a collection of Native jewelry that once belonged to Elvis Presley and given to me J.D. Sumner as a gift from Elvis Presley in early 1970’s. Three pieces are #1. Hand made Native silver and turquoise necklace. #2 Hand made Native silver and turquoise bracelet. #3 Hand made Native silver and turquoise leather belt.” Also included is a letter from Mr. Tassone describing his acquisition of these items from J.D. Sumner in 1987, in Florida during a recording session. The necklace and letters come with a modern print of a photo showing Elvis wearing what appears to be this necklace and wearing it well. A small “TCB” has been scratched on the reverse of the central pendant. The intricate and ornate chain measures 31 inches (78.74 cm) in length and the necklace’s pendant measures 4 by 4 inches (10.16 x 10.16 cm). The necklace is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The necklace shows signs of moderate wear, including scuffing and discoloration. There are many areas of oxidation on the small idols along the chain, which could be remedied by professional cleaning. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned Turquoise and Silver Statement Necklace Gifted to J.D. Sumner
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $13,750.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 28
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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