A collection of decades-lost jewelry that Elvis Presley gave to his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, will be auctioned on August 27.
Two hundred pieces, including jewel-encrusted gold rings, cufflinks, watches and chains, were collected by GWS Auctions. Also included is the guitar played by Presley on his famous 1968 “comeback” TV special.
Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, helped design some of the 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.”