The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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With regularly scheduled appearances, Elvis spent a lot time in the 1970s in Las Vegas. This period ushered in many new iconic trends for Elvis, from his famous jumpsuits and bejeweled accessories to his modes of transport. During the early to mid-70s, capes became a standard component with his jumpsuits; he would embellish his outfits with rings, many of which were in the gold nugget style; and his preferred vehicle became the Stutz. Elvis loved the sparkle of diamonds and the allure of gold, so most of his gemmed accessories contained them and the offered ring is no exception. The 10-karat yellow gold open-work nugget style setting contains a single center 20-pt diamond, weighing 0.20 carat. This elegant ring, size 9 1/2 and weighing 7.7 grams, was gifted by Elvis to his friend and body guard Sam Thompson. The ring comes with a letter from Sam in which he recounts in part, “I ultimately became a personal bodyguard to Elvis and worked for him until his death in August of 1977. From 1972 to 1977 I visited Graceland often and Elvis was a guest in my home many times, a home which Elvis had purchased for me in July, 1973. During this time, between June and August of 1977, and while at Graceland, I admired a pinky ring that Elvis was wearing. He took it off and said ‘it’s yours’ and handed it to me. The ring is nugget style, yellow gold, 14K, 8 grams in total weight with a .24 point diamond. It has been in my possession since that day in 1977.” This dapper pinky ring, in a style that Elvis preferred, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The ring presents with only minimal wear. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Gold and Diamond Pinky Ring Gifted to Bodyguard Sam Thompson at Graceland
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $8,750.00
Estimate: $15,000 - $18,000
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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