The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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From the Estate of Eddie Fadal

Elvis’ trademark TCB necklaces were famously distributed to his closest friends and associates, and often ordered in relatively large numbers, although they were usually designed only with gold. On occasion, more elaborate TCBs were specially designed and ordered for those closest to Elvis, and this necklace given to Lamar Fike, with its diamond-studded lightning bolt, falls squarely into that category. Elvis’ inspiration behind the creation of his TCB logo with the lightning bolt was wanting it to be clear who was the boss in the strength of a lightning bolt symbol, and that he didn’t care as much what they did as long as they always took care of business first. Elvis was keen on taking care of business in a flash, so creating necklaces with this symbol could be a reminder to his entourage and those with whom he worked closely. One of the earliest members of Elvis’ entourage, also known as the Memphis Mafia, was Lamar Fike. Lamar had moved to Memphis as a teen and it is believed that he was introduced to Elvis by Sam Smith and George Klein, with whom Lamar was studying as he aspired to be a DJ. Not only did Lamar become a close friend and a member of Elvis’ inner circle, he was one of the group that was with Elvis the longest and continued to work for Elvis until his death in 1977. Although he tried, Lamar was not accepted into military service because of his weight, but he followed Elvis to Germany regardless, where he introduced Elvis to Priscilla. Lamar was such an important person in Elvis’ life that it’s no surprise he would be the recipient of a diamond-studded TCB necklace. The offered necklace was gifted to Lamar from Elvis. This necklace comes with an Ableser’s Fine Jewelry Beverly Hills velvet box and white outer box which was likely acquired at a later date.

This 14-karat yellow gold and diamond TCB pendant with gold rope chain weighs approximately 15 grams and boasts a total of 16 diamonds along the lightning bolt culminating in a large 0.50 carat diamond at the top and an additional 19 diamonds outlining the TCB. The diamonds range approximately in size from 1 mm (0.01 carat) to 2.5 mm (0.06 carat). On the reverse of the pendant, the back of the diamonds can be seen through holes in the surface. The chain measures approximately 22 inches (55.88 cm). The pendant is affixed to the chain with circular attachments and the chain has a clasp; these were adjustments likely made by Lamar to accommodate his larger size since most TCB necklaces contained no clasp as the intent was to slip them over the head. Lamar also likely added the diamonds to the TCB as he was known to have an appreciation for bling and would often add more to his jewelry than it originally had. So not only was this quintessential Elvis necklace a gift to Lamar from the King himself, but the added touches likely made by Lamar create a one-of-a-kind, dazzling piece of jewelry that clearly identifies itself as belonging to Lamar Fike. This diamond TCB necklace comes with a letter from Eddie Fadal’s daughter and Lamar’s wife, Janice Fadal, in which she describes her relationship with Lamar and the circumstances in which Lamar sold the necklace to her father. This iconic necklace is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The chain presents with only mild wear from use. Near Mint condition.
Lamar Fike’s Gold and Diamond-Studded TCB Necklace Given to Him from Elvis Presley*
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $18,750.00
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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