The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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Dr. George Nichopoulos, a Greek immigrant who served in the Army and became a doctor, met Elvis in 1967. “Dr. Nick,” as he was called, began treating Elvis as his full-time personal physician in 1970. In the mid-1970s, Dr. Nick suggested that Elvis take up racquetball, a sport popular at the time and of which Dr. Nick was an enthusiast, as a form of exercise and stress relief. Dr. Nick’s son Dean was a top-ranked player and taught Elvis to play the sport as his personal coach. Dean then went on to work full-time for Elvis in 1975 as his personal valet, tending to Elvis’ wardrobe, acting as bodyguard, and assisting with all of his personal needs both at home and on tour. Elvis was so fond of Dean that he referred to him as “the son I never had.” Dean continued working for Elvis until his passing in 1977. As with most close friends and family, Dean was gifted a TCB necklace by Elvis. This stunning 14-karat gold TCB necklace emanates from Dean Nichopoulos and comes with not only Dean’s personal, well-worn “Elvis Presley Concert” tour ID badge, but a notarized letter signed by Dean, Dr. Nick and Lowell Hays, Elvis’ jeweler, which states in part: 

This letter is to verify the authenticity of the gold T.C.B. necklace once worn by Elvis Presley and later given to me. I Dean Nichopoulos, son of George C. Nichopoulos (Dr Nick) had the honor of working for Elvis Presley from 1975 till his death in 1977. In 1971 prior to working for him, Elvis and myself would play racquetball whenever his schedule would allow. Elvis knew that I would be graduating soon and was repeatedly askimg [sic] me what my plans were, and would I come to work for him full time? I would always reply thanks but no thanks, but that was never a good enough answer for Elvis. You see “no” was a word Elvis wasn't accustomed to hearing nor willing to accept for an answer. One evening in 1974 after playing racquetball with Elvis at the Memphis Athletic Club, I headed downstairs to the locker room. Elvis was already downstairs when I arrived and when he seen me he called me over to where he was sitting. Once again Elvis began asking me what my plans for the future were, and would I come to work for him full time? But before I could say no, Elvis stood up, took a gold T.C.B. necklace from around his neck and placed it over mine. He then looked at me and said in a way that only Elvis could, “I want you to be part of the gang.” I later accepted Elvis’ offer, and toured with him until his death in 1977.

Lowell Hays has also asserted that this necklace was one he made for Elvis in the letter. Many images of Dean sporting this necklace can be found. This important keepsake that Elvis bestowed upon Dean as entry into his tight inner circle is the ultimate symbol of just how Elvis preferred to take care of business. The chain on this 14-karat gold necklace measures 28 inches (71.12 cm) in length and the TCB pendant measures 1 3/4 by 3/4 inches (4.45 x 1.91 cm) with the necklace weighing 13 grams. Dean’s original TCB identification badge, measuring 2 1/2 by 3 3/4 inches (6.35 x 9.53 cm), is the ideal complement to this precious possession. The provenance of this treasure is a solid as it gets, as it has been in the hands of only Elvis, Dean and the consignor. The beloved pair are accompanied by the notarized letter from Dean and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The necklace shows signs of being worn heavily by its owner, but remains free of defects. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned and Worn TCB Necklace Gifted to Dean Nichopoulos
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Minimum Bid: $10,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $0.00
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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