August 27, 2020 Elvis Presley BIG 50 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/27/2020

Offered is a bit of good luck, courtesy of Elvis Presley. Elvis acquired this wooden, hand-carved tiki necklace with leather strap while filming in Hawaii (most likely in 1965 for Paradise Hawaiian Style) and gave it to Jo Smith as a token of good luck. Jo was the wife of Elvis' cousin Billy Smith. 

Tiki masks (as the carvings are technically known) originated with the Maori tribe, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Spanning the Oceanic region, Polynesian tribes of aboriginal peoples include various interconnected cultures with similar belief systems and lifestyles, including the people of Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii, Easter Island and other Oceanic areas. They often were symbols of specific gods, but could also be used as tokens of protection, health and good fortune. As the provider for his extended family, it's fitting that Elvis should gift such an item to his cousin's wife, Jo Smith.

The accompanying letter signed by Billy Smith reads "The wooden Tiki God necklace was once owned by Elvis Presley. He gave it to Jo Smith. Elvis got the neclace in Hawaii, during the filming of one of his movies. He said it was 'good luck.' Billy Smith, Elvis' cousin 8-20-89." The tiki head is also accompanied by two letters detailing its sale in 1989. The tiki head measures 2 x 3 inches and the leather strap measures 20 inches in length. The idol presents with moderate wear in the form of scuffs and scratches. Excellent condition. 

Elvis Presley Owned Wooden “TIKI GOD” Hawaiian "Good Luck" Necklace – Acquired While Filming in Hawaii and Gifted to Wife of His Cousin Billy Smith
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Thursday, August 27, 2020.
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