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

Elvis loved the sparkle of diamonds and the allure of gold, so most of his bejeweled accessories contained them and he would often include them in jewelry that he gifted to friends and family. Lamar Fike was a close friend and part of Elvis’ inner circle. After meeting Elvis in the 1950s, Lamar served in a variety of capacities for Elvis over the years, as many of his entourage did, including tour manager, lighting director, bodyguard and more. Being so close to Elvis for so long, Lamar was the recipient of Elvis’ generosity and the offered gold and diamond ring is a stunning example. Such a lasting relationship would no doubt garner special attention and this initialled, diamond studding pinky ring was a testiment to the feelings Elvis maintained for his friendship with Lamar. The 14k yellow gold ring has 26 diamonds, each measuring 2 mm and weighing 0.04 carat on the face which forms the shape of Lamar’s initials “LF.” The ring, a small size 4 would have likely been worn on Lamar's slender pinky. This diamond initial ring 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 by which Lamar sold the ring to her father. The letter states, "I married Lamar Fike in April of 1980. During the time I knew Lamar we lived in Nashville, Tennessee and in Waco, Texas. He was collaborating with Albert Goldman on the book entitled 'Elvis,' which was published in 1981. Lamar was the biggest source of information for this project and was traveling to conduct interviews with those who knew Elvis Presley. That is what eventually brought him to Waca and how I met him. Lamar had been unemployed since Elvis' death and found himself in serious debt. When he eventually had to give up his condo in Nashville, we moved to Waco, where my parents took us in and gave us a house to live in rent-free. During this period, Lamar sold to my father several personal items that were given to him by Elvis Presley during the time Lamar was an employee of Elvis' and a member of the so-called 'Memphis Mafia.' The pieces sold to my father included the item listed above. [Gold Ring with 26 Diamonds Given to Memphis Mafia Member Lamar Fike from Elvis Presley - Diamonds in the Shape of 'LF'] My father had them in his possession until his death in 1994. After our mother passed away in 1996, these items were passed down to my brother, Dana Fadal, and myself." This very personal gift emenates from the Fadal family and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The ring presents with signs of being worn, but only slight signs. Excellent to Mint condition.
Gold Ring with 26 Diamonds Given to Memphis Mafia Member Lamar Fike from Elvis Presley - Diamonds in the Shape of “LF"*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,250.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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