A collection of jewels Elvis Presley gave his managerthe colonel Tom ParkerIt will go up for auction on August 27.
GWS Auctions has gathered 200 items, including jewel-encrusted gold rings, cufflinks, watches and chains. Also included is the guitar that Presley played during his famous 1968 “comeback” television special.
Some of the pieces were designed by Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley.
“Well, it sure brings back memories,” Priscilla Presley told Reuters.
She added that it was a recurring joke with her ex-husband who 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 bearing the company logo. TCB Band, the musicians who formed the main rhythm section of Presley’s backing band in his later years. “TCB” stood for “taking care of business,” a favorite expression of Presley’s.
Priscilla Presley supported the auction in part because she was tired of seeing so many fake Elvis artifacts for sale.
“There is so much product out there that is not authentic at all and that worries me,” he said. “I want to be sure that this will go to someone who will take care of him, who will love him.”