The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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George Nichopoulos served in the Army Medical Corp before going to medical school and getting his degree. One fateful evening in February of 1967, he 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 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 through Elvis’ untimely demise. Elvis also employed Dr. Nick’s son Dean as his personal valet in 1975. In addition to Dean, Dr. Nick had two daughters with his wife, Edna. Before her passing in 2017, only one year after Dr. Nick, the two had been married for 62 years. By virtue of her marriage and the time Dr. Nick and Dean spent with Elvis, Edna too could be considered part of that inner circle. Her status was confirmed by the TLC necklace that Elvis gifted her. A version of the TCB he would give to his close friends, the TLC necklaces, which stand for “Tender Loving Care,” are fewer and far between than the well known TCB adornments. Offered is the TLC necklace gifted to Edna Nichopoulos from Elvis which comes with a notarized letter signed by Edna and Dr. Nick that states in part:

This letter is to verify the authenticity of the gold T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care) necklace given to me by Elvis Presely [sic]. I Edna S. Nichopoulos wife of George C Nichopoulos (Dr Nick) hereby acknowledge the authenticity of the gold T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care) necklace...This T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care) necklace was given to me from Elvis Presely [sic]. He gave me this necklace on January 16th 1971, the day he received the JCC award. This was a proud and nervous day for Elvis, he was selected as 1 of 10 young men in the nation. Elvis finally felt that at this point in his life he was now accepted in the music and business world. The JCC award was the icing on the cake for Elvis and a welcomed and needed recognition of his career. On January 16th 1971 Elvis gave the wives of all his friends and the Memphis Mafia a gold T.L.C. necklace. It was a gift of appreciation that he wanted us all to wear at a social gathering the next day.

One of Elvis’ proudest moments was the day he received the JCC award and it’s fitting that he would want all of his friends and their wives to share in his joy with this likely token of his appreciation for their contributions to his achievement. The chain on this 14-karat gold necklace owned by Edna Nichopoulos measures 22 inches (55.88 cm) in length, with a clasp, and the “TLC” pendant reads “14K” on the reverse and measures 1 3/4 by 3/4 inches (4.45 x 1.91 cm). The necklace, weighing 12 grams, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The necklace shows minimal wear and presents in Near Mint condition.
“TLC” Necklace Gifted by Elvis Presley to Dr. Nick’s Wife Edna Nichopoulos - Given on the Day He Received His 1970 Ten Most Outstanding Young Men Award
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Minimum Bid: $7,500.00
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Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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