The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Elvis was known for gifting TCB (“Taking Care of Business”) necklaces to the men of his entourage and TLC (“Tender Loving Care”) versions to the women in his life. The offered necklace was one that he gave to Gail Rose, friend of Dr. Nick, in the 1970s. Elvis first met Dr. George Nichopoulos one fateful night in 1967 when the doctor was on call and received a request from a ranch in Mississippi to treat a patient suffering from saddle sores. Dr. Nichopoulos drove to the property to find that the patient was none other than Elvis Presley, who was at Circle G ranch enjoying his new purchase, having delayed his departure to Hollywood and thus his filming of Clambake. “Dr. Nick,” as Elvis referred to him, would be called back for consultation on several more occasions before he was hired by Presley to be his personal physician. When Elvis returned to performing live in 1969, Dr. Nick joined Elvis and the entourage on the road. The relationship between Elvis and Dr. Nick would continue to Elvis’ untimely demise. Gail and Dr. Nick were known to attend the tours with Elvis and his entourage in the ’70s. This gift from Elvis is marked 14k on the reverse of the yellow gold “TLC” pendant with the lightning bolt. The pendant is connected to a gold rope chain with clasp and comes with a letter, dated October 4, 2017, from Gail Rose that states, “To Whom It May Concern: Re: 14KT Gold ‘TLC’ Necklace. The above referenced necklace was given to me from Elvis Presley! I cannot remember the exact date other than the early 1970’s. It was a honor to have been a part of this dream! Even today I can hear a song, my heart will flutter and tears of joy cover my face! Sincerely, Gail Rose.” The necklace also comes with a vintage “Lowell Hays & Sons Memphis” green velvet box and two 4 by 6 inch (10.16 x 15.24 cm) photos, one showing Gail holding the necklace and one depicting Dr. Nick and Gail at an Elvis concert at the Las Vegas Hilton. The gold chain necklace, measuring 21 inches (53.34 cm) in length with the pendant measuring 1 3/4 by 3/4 inches (4.45 x 1.91 cm), is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The necklace shows only the most minor wear. Near Mint to Mint condition.
“TLC” 14-Kt Gold Necklace Gifted by Elvis Presley to Gail Rose (Girlfriend of Dr. Nick)
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $4,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $11,250.00
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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