The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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Elvis enjoyed his fans and often during performances would accept gifts that they handed to him on stage. Elvis was known to then adorn himself with the gift during the concert to the amusement of the audience. This large metal cross by Sarah Coventry jewelry was just such a gift from an adoring fan. Sarah Coventry jewelry was established in 1949 and was one of the earliest direct-sales jewelry companies in the world. The cross pendant is marked “Sarah Cov Limited Edition 1973” and measures 3 3/4 by 2 1/2 inches (9.52 x 6.23 cm), with the chain measuring 25-26 inches (63.5-66.04 cm). The necklace comes with letter from Shirley Sumner Enoch that states in part: 

At one performance in particular, a fan handed Elvis an ornate cross necklace. Elvis put the cross around his neck, and wore it for the duration of the performance. It was not a particularly expensive necklace, and the metallic cross contained no gold, but Elvis appreciated the gesture, and I am sure the fan who gave it to him was thrilled when he wore it around his neck while finishing the concert. Sometime after the show, Elvis thought his gospel quartet bass singer would appreciate it, so he gave it to J.D. Sumner. The back of the necklace is marked with the maker’s name (Sarah Coventry) and “1973”, which is the year it was made. This cross necklace remained in J.D.’s possession until it was passed to me after his death in 1998.

Given Elvis’ spirituality, this touching token was likely very well received. The necklace is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Very good condition overall.
Elvis Presley Stage Worn Cross Necklace with Shirley Sumner Enoch Letter
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $3,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,500.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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