December 11, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/11/2021

Offered is a stunning silver and turquoise lightning bolt necklace owned by Elvis Presley. Elvis had a fascination with lighting bolts in his jewelry, which some have credited to his love for Shazam comic books in his youth. Of course, the lightning bolt became the central imagery of his "TCB" logo--the offered necklace may have been an inspiration when it came time to design his iconic trademark. The necklace was eventually gifted to Elvis' cousin Patsy Presley, to whom he gave a great many things during the many years she worked in the offices at Graceland. The necklace is accompanied by a letter from noted collector Tom Salva detailing his acquisition of the necklace among other items he purchased from Patsy. The letter states,

The item listed and shown above has been in my personal Elvis Presley collection since 1988. I purchased this item, and many others, from Patsy Presley, Elvis Presley’s cousin who worked as secretary in the offices at Graceland for many years during Elvis’ career. The item was originally from a jewelry box from Elvis’ bedroom dresser. I purchased the jewelry box and all its contents from Patsy in 1988. While it didn’t contain any of Elvis’ ornate jewelry with diamonds and gold, etc., it did contain many rings, watches, money clips, cuff links, bracelets, pins and other items of this sort that were often gifted to Elvis by family, friends and even fans. Included below is a copy of the money order with which I purchased the items from Patsy Gambill (her married name at the time) as well as a color copy of the handwritten letter from Patsy, dated October 25, 1988, describing the jewelry box and what it meant to Elvis.

Also accompanying is a color copy of the original letter from Patsy Presley Gambill, as referenced in Tom's letter. On the reverse of the lightning bolt the word “MEXICO” is stamped. The pendant measures 1 ¼ inches long, and the leather cord-like “chain” (likely a shoelace) measures 25 ½ inches. Near Mint condition.

Elvis Presley Owned Silver and Turquoise Lightning Bolt Necklace - Given to His Cousin Patsy Presley
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Minimum Bid: $1,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,725
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
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