The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Nothing epitomizes luxury quite like the Rolls Royce brand, which has been synonymous with the very best since its inception in 1904. The car maker has reigned supreme in the world of motor vehicles since the beginning with its exceptional attention to detail and craftsmanship. Beyond vehicles, the term Rolls Royce is used to insinuate wealth and overall superiority and is a symbol of status and success. Rolls Royce is one of the most prominent brand names used in popular music. Therefore it is only fitting that the King of rock ‘n’ Roll would own an 18-karat gold belt buckle of the famous grill topped by the well recognized Spirit of Ecstasy. The Spirit of Ecstasy or Flying Lady hood ornament, widely identified as the Rolls Royce mascot, was designed by Charles Sykes who was tasked with capturing the spirit of Rolls Royce in an elegant mascot. This had to encompass the ideals of “speed with silence, absence of vibration, the mysterious harnessing of great energy and a beautiful living organism of superb grace.” The Spirit of Ecstasy perfectly captures this vision and became the trademark of Rolls Royce’s elegance for decades. 

Offered is the literal Rolls Royce of belt buckles that once belonged to Elvis Presley. This 18-karat gold example contains the Spirit of Ecstasy figure sitting atop the Rolls Royce gold grille. The buckle, weighing 46.9 grams and measuring 2 by 2 1/8 inches (5.08 x 5.39 cm), exhibits several stampings including a maker’s mark, “MW,” “18K” and “1887” on the reverse bottom edge. This grand belt buckle comes with a certificate from Jimmy Velvet that states, “Elvis gave this 18kt gold Rolls-Royce belt buckle to his Aunt Delta who lived at Graceland. Years later after Elvis’ passing, Aunt Delta invited me to Graceland for a visit, during that visit Delta gave me this belt buckle and a few other items that had originally belonged to Elvis”. It also comes with a letter from Jimmy Velvet that states: 

This heavy 18kt gold, trademarked Spirit Ecstasy (aka: Flying Lady), Rolls-Royce grill belt Buckle was personally owned by Elvis Presley. Elvis had this in his jewelry box at Graceland and one night he gave this buckle and a ring to Aunt Delta. Delta Mae Biggs was the sister to Elvis’ father, Vernon, and was the only person living at Graceland after Elvis passed away. One evening I received a phone call from Delta’s sister, Nashville (nicknamed: Nash), to say that Delta wanted me to come over for a visit to Graceland at 11:00 pm. Delta disclosed that she was going to pass away soon and wanted me to purchase all of the things which Elvis had given to her over the years so she could divide the money evenly and fairly between her close relatives. In Delta’s words, “I don’t want them to fight over ‘things.’” At the close of our three hour visit she wanted to give me a gift of friendship and placed the belt buckle in my hand.

Also included with the buckle is three-page Jewelry Judge Appraisal document dated February 8, 2013. Please note: The Elvis signature on the gasoline credit card form is not in his hand. This most extravagant belt buckle is presented in a large framed display that measures 25 3/4 by 35 5/8 by 2 1/2 inches (65.40 x 90.48 x 6.35 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The belt buckle presents with little to no wear. Stunning Near Mint condition. The buckle can be removed from display for ease of shipping should the purchaser not wish to retain the elaborate framing.
Elvis Presley Owned “Rolls Royce” 18kt Gold Belt Buckle Gifted to His Aunt Delta Biggs - In Framed Display
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $7,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $12,500.00
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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