The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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From The Oleander Collection

Barbara Leigh was a model and actress who met Elvis in August 1970 in Vegas through her then-boyfriend, James Aubrey, the president of MGM Studios. Jim Aubrey had taken Barbara to see Elvis’ show at the Hilton in Las Vegas because Aubrey was making plans to distribute Elvis: That’s the Way It Is at that time. Elvis and Barbara enjoyed an immediate connection and then each other’s company for a couple of years. In an interview, Barbara recalled Elvis’ generosity, “He loved giving jewelry and surprising you when you least expected it. It was Elvis’ joy to give and make people happy, he shared all these things with me as well as many others. He was truly one-of-a-kind.” Like all his friends and family, Barbara was the recipient of many gifts, including a brown Mercedes and the offered concho belt, to name just a few.

The concho belt, a nod to the Native American design, became a popular fashion accessory in the 1960s and 1970s as a reference not only to the Native Americans, but as a symbol of the American West and the cowboy. Popular musicians of the period embraced this style to enhance their flamboyant rock and roll spirit. Elvis, always at the forefront of fashion, seized on the style along with fellow musicians like Jim Morrison, whose most famous image captures him wearing a similar style concho belt.

One of the more popular clothing and accessory boutiques for celebrities to obtain such stylish accoutrements during that time was Suzy Creamcheese in Las Vegas. The boutique of Leslie Fearon borrowed the moniker from Frank Zappa, who used the penname on a letter on the back of one of his albums. Suzy Creamcheese was well known for selling one-of-a-kind fashion creations to movie stars and entertainers, and it was here that Elvis purchased the offered concho silver and leather belt that he gifted to Barbara Leigh in September 1971 while in Las Vegas.

This belt, personally owned and favored by Elvis, comes with a certificate from the Elvis Presley Museum that reads, “This silver handmade Navaho Indian Concho Belt was given to Barbara Leigh by Elvis Presley in Las Vegas, Nevada - September 1971. This belt belonged to Elvis and was purchased from the legendary ‘Suzy Creamcheese.’ The size and the silver weight makes it a unique and rare piece of jewelry which could not be duplicated today. It was one of Elvis’s favorite personal belts.” The belt, containing four silver oval conchos and one rectangular concho serving as the buckle of the belt, measures 38 inches (96.52 cm) in length, and the belt buckle and conchos measure 3 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches (9.52 x 11.43 cm). The stylish belt that once adorned the waist of the King is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The leather is well-worn but intact. Each concho and the buckle show signs of moderate to heavy wear. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Silver Concho Belt Gifted to Barbara Leigh*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,875.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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