Antique & Estate Jewelry

Elvis’ Lost Jewelry Collection Found, Will Go on the Block

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With the recent release of Elvis, the biopic about the King, Elvis Presley and his legacy have been getting a lot more attention. But for many experts, historians, and fans who have dedicated the larger part of their time to finding the lost jewelry collection that (it was believed) the late star gave to his manager, Col. Tom Parker, he’s always been top of mind.

Now, one such person has discovered and assembled the pieces—the founder and CEO of GWS Auctions Brigitte Kruse—allowing them to be seen together for the first time. The 193-piece collection, which includes rings, chains, watches, and more, will go up for auction on Aug. 27 in the GWS Auctions sale The Lost Jewelry Collection of Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker.

One of the most notable items going up for auction is Presley’s very first TCB ring (shown at top). The ring features raised diamonds with the letters “TCB,” which stands for one of his favorite phrases: taking care of business. The solid 14k yellow gold nugget ring, which has a $500,000 minimum, was designed by Presley himself and would be the first of many other iterations he made famous.

Elvis ring
Elvis Presley’s initial ring (circa 1960s) in 10k yellow gold and white gold with onyx and diamond accent, starting at $10,000; GWS Auctions

Another highlight is the gold and onyx ring with an “E” on it shown above, which Presley wore throughout the late ’60s. He had given the piece to a contractor who was fixing a wall he had shot through at his home on Hillcrest Road in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Beyond jewels, the auction also includes highly covetable items such as Presley’s guitar from his famous 1968 “comeback” television special.

 

Photos courtesy of GWS Auctions. Copyright © 2022.

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By: Annie Davidson

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