January 16, 2021 Sports, Rock & Roll and Americana Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/16/2021

In 1971, Elvis Presley had custom bracelets made for his inner circle and several other close associates. The bracelets usually had the person's name on one side and their nickname or some other reference on the other side. For instance, Lamar Fike's read "Cousin Larue" and Music Publisher Freddy Bienstock's said "Elvis 71." Comedian Jackie Kahane joined the Elvis Presley Show starting the following year in 1972. He was immediately one of Elvis' favorite members of the show, and remained Elvis' opening act until his death. Jackie was an affable character, and he had a strong relationship with Colonel Parker, who Kahane claimed gave him a handshake "lifetime" contract to be Elvis' opening act. As was his way, once Elvis got to know Jackie, he made sure that the offered 14k gold bracelet was made for him, with his name "Jackie" in script on the front and "TCB HISTORIAN FROM ELVIS" on the reverese. 

"TCB HISTORIAN" was a reference to Kahane's series of "Elvis Tour Diaries" that he wrote during their time together. The irreverant, and sometimes mildly lewd, typewritten manifestos were hilarious almost stream of conciousness retelling of events from the tour; they were always addressed to Elvis, but copies were circulated among the tour members. They were strictly for insider eyes only, and were replete with Jackie's brand of humor and inside jokes and thinly-veiled references to the goings-on that only tour members were privy to. The bracelet would have been a cherished commemoration of Jackie's chronicling of tour events.

The accompanying "Elvis Presley Museum" Certificate of Authenticity is signed by Jackie Kahane and museum owner Jimmy Velvet and reads: "This letter is to verify that this 14k gold bracelet was presented to me by Elvis Presley. 'Jackie' is engraved on the top of the tube plate on the underneath side, as was Elvis' habit my nickname, 'TCB Historian,' was engraved. My name is Jackie Kahane, and I was the comedian with Elvis Presley on tour." A second Jimmy Velvet signed letter reaffirming the provenance of the bracelet is also included.

The bracelet measures 7 1/2 inches in length, and the engraved area measures 2 1/4 x 3/8 inches. The piece weighs 37.62 grams, and the clasp is stamped with a "14K" on one piece, and the other piece is stamped "PAT 730851" on one side and with the maker's mark "SUCCO 14K" on the other side. The bracelet shows signs of heavy wear from being worn extensively, but the engravings are still intact. The surface  has some scuffs and scratches, the clasp presents in working order, and the bracelet has no damage. Excellent to Mint condition.

1972 Elvis Presley Gifted 14k Gold "Jackie Kahane" Bracelet with "TCB Historian from Elvis" Engraved on the Reverse
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $4,025
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Saturday, January 16, 2021.
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