The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Identification bracelets came into use during WWII as the precursor to the dog tag, and listed all the information about a soldier should he not be able to convey the information himself. Even after the war, servicemen continued to wear their bracelets as a badge of honor. The ID bracelets hit mainstream popularity in the 1970s and Elvis, always at the height of fashion, had one. Offered is Elvis’ personally owned yellow gold colored identification bracelet with metal zipper-style expandable band. The nameplate is engraved “Elvis” and covers a hidden compartment housing a black-and-white image of a ‘50s style bikini-clad bathing beauty. The frontal face compartment is marked “JB - 1/2010KT G.F.IDENT - / STAINLESS BACK” and JACOBY-BENDER on the back and “JB Champion USA / Stainless Back” on the expandable band. This unusual identification bracelet with its secret compartment comes with a letter from Tom Salva that states, "The item listed and shown above has been in my personal Elvis Presley collection since 1988. I purchased this item, and many others, from Patsy Presley, Elvis Presley's cousin who worked as a secretary in the offices at Graceland for many years during Elvis' career. The item was originally from a jewelry box from Elvis' bedroom dresser. I purchased the jewelry box and all its contents from Patsy in 1988. While it didn't contain any of Elvis' ornate jewelry with diamonds and gold, etc., it did contain many rings, watches, money clips, cuff links, bracelets, pins and other items of this sort that were often gifted to Elvis by family, friends and even fans. Included below is a copy of the money order with which I purchased the items from Patsy Gambill (her married name at the time) as well as a color copy of the handwritten letter from Patsy, dated October 25, 1988, describing the jewelry box and what it meant to Elvis." This stylish, popular bracelet owned by Elvis not only conveyed his fashion-forward sense, but the hidden compartment also relayed his jovial nature. The bracelet measures 8 inches (20.32 cm) in length and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Bracelet exhibits typical wear from use with the plastic insert cover over the hidden photo loose and possibly a later replacement.
Elvis Presley Gold Colored  “ELVIS” Monogrammed I.D. Bracelet with Secret Photo Compartment
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $30,000.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 47
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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