The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Elvis’ Pentecostal roots ran deep, and he was a Christian with a love for gospel music and a strong religious faith. Elvis believed that “Music is like religion—when you experience them both it should move you.” Elvis had a keen fascination with world religions and continually increased his knowledge of the subject by reading voraciously. Elvis was once quoted saying, “I believe in the Bible. I believe that all good things come from God. I don’t believe I’d sing the way I do if God hadn’t wanted me to.” Elvis’ fascination with religion was widely known and as a result fans would often give him gifts that were religious in nature. One such gift is the offered brass-colored cross pendant with an elegant front design featuring stylized fleur-de-lis flourishes at the four corner edges. The reverse has the stamped words “GRACE” appearing horizontally and “FAITH” vertically. The base is also stamped “REV EWING,” likely from a local Christian congregation as these religious trinkets were commonly used for jewelry, bookmarks and such. This cross pendant comes with a letter from Shirley Sumner Enoch that states: 

Elvis loved his fans and his fans adored him in return. He interacted with them like no other entertainer, kissing the girls, shaking hands with the men and tossing scarves out by the dozens at every show. The fans would often bring gifts for him to his concerts, and hope to get close enough to present it to him while on stage. Many very thoughtful gifts were given to Elvis over the years. They knew of his Christian background and his love for The Lord, so they would often bring religious items, like bibles, or a cross. On one particular occasion, a fan handed Elvis a cross pendant with the words FAITH and GRACE intersecting each other on the back arms of the cross. Elvis said thank you and immediately placed the necklace around his neck and gave the fan a scarf and a kiss. This cross was later given by Elvis to his friend and bass singer, Mr. J. D. Sumner of The Stamps Quartet. Being the leader a gospel Quartet and deeply religious himself could have had something to do with the fact that Elvis wanted J.D. To have it. Elvis gave many things to J.D. over the years, and when J.D. passed away in 1988, everything was left to his family. This cross pendant that Elvis wore on stage has been in my possession since my daddy left it to me 19 years ago.

This charming pendant measures 2 1/8 by 1 1/2 inches (5.4 X 3.81 cm) and is suspended from a later bronze metal chain, and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The cross shows moderate signs of use including some areas where the finish has worn off. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Stage Worn Cross Later Gifted to J.D. Sumner
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $10,000.00
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Number Bids: 28
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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