WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Elvis Presley experts and historians have long known of a collection of jewelry the singer gave to his manager, Col. Tom Parker.
Collectors and fans have spent decades searching for the items, thought to be lost. Thanks to Brigitte Kruse, Founder and CEO of GWS Auctions, who sourced and assembled the pieces, they can now be seen together for the first time.
Two hundred items, including jewel-encrusted gold rings, cufflinks, watches and chains, will be auctioned on August 27. Also included is the guitar played by Presley on his famous 1968 “comeback” TV special.
Presley’s former wife, Priscilla, worked with Kruse on the collection, although Priscilla does not own any pieces.
“Well, that brings back memories for sure,” Priscilla Presley told Reuters.
She added that it was a running joke with her ex-husband that he was constantly buying or ordering jewelry for Parker because the manager already had everything he needed and the Presleys didn’t know what else to buy him. .
Priscilla Presley said she felt protective of the items because she designed some of them, including artifacts with the logo of TCB Band, the musicians who formed the central rhythm section of Presley’s backing band in his later years. years.
“TCB” stood for “taking care of business”, a favorite phrase of Presley.
Priscilla Presley supported the auction in part because she was tired of seeing so many fake Elvis artifacts for sale.
“There are so many products that are not authentic at all and that worries me,” she said.
“I want to be sure it’s going to go to someone who’s going to care for it, love it.”