Sammy Davis Jr. pen­dant among Elvis ar­ti­facts auc­tioned

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A diamond and gold pen­dant Elvis Pres­ley gave Sammy Davis Jr. was among 160 au­then­ti­cated ar­ti­facts sold Thurs­day evening dur­ing an auc­tion at the King of Rock `n’ Roll’s long­time Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, home.

The auc­tion at Grace­land was part of Elvis Week, the an­nual com­mem­o­ra­tion of his death. The pen­dant sold for US$32,000. Other high­lights in­cluded one of Pres­ley’s per­sonal hand­guns that sold for US$96,000, and a rac­quet­ball shirt worn by Pres­ley, which went for US$32,500.

Bids were ac­cepted online for sev­eral weeks prior to the live auc­tion, when all the bids were brought to the floor, said Laura Pick­ett. She’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Grace­land Auc­tions, which han­dles auc­tions for Grace­land. Pick­ett said all the ar­ti­facts are from third-party col­lec­tors; noth­ing is owned by Grace­land it­self.

The auc­tion ini­tially had 174 ar­ti­facts, but Pick­ett told The As­so­ci­ated Press af­ter the auc­tion that 14 were pulled to be “re-ex­am­ined.”

She didn’t elab­o­rate but said the items may ap­pear in a fu­ture auc­tion. This was the third auc­tion, with the past two held on Pres­ley’s birth­day and dur­ing last year’s Elvis Week. Pres­ley died at age 42 on Aug. 16, 1977.

Those items pulled in­cluded a “Star­burst” jump­suit Pres­ley wore dur­ing con­certs in Las Ve­gas in 1973, and a guitar signed by Pres­ley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

“It’s pretty com­mon for ev­ery auc­tion to have a few items pulled,” Pick­ett said.

In a state­ment to the media ear­lier Thurs­day, Grace­land Auc­tions said: “The in­tegrity of the auc­tion and the au­then­tic­ity of ar­ti­facts are of para­mount im­por­tance to us.”

Other ar­ti­facts sold in Thurs­day’s auc­tion in­clude:

— Owl-Shaped Ring: Pres­ley gave the 14-karat yel­low gold owl ring to a fan af­ter a con­cert in Lake Ta­hoe in May 1973. Selling price: US$32,500.

— Pinky Ring: Pres­ley gave the gold pinky ring with 15 di­a­monds to a mem­ber of his in­ner cir­cle who started work­ing with Pres­ley af­ter he re­turned from his mil­i­tary ser­vice and con­tin­ued work­ing with him un­til the early ‘70s. Selling price: US$27,500.

— Elvis Suit: The 1962 dark, char­coal-col­ored suit was worn by Pres­ley in the MGM movie “It Hap- pened at the World’s Fair.” Selling price: US$25,000.

— Elvis Shirt: A shirt Pres­ley pulled from his per­sonal wardrobe and signed was to be used as the grand prize in a 1973 Boy Scout raf­fle. Selling price: US$16,250.

— Sun Records: A col­lec­tion of Pres­ley’s first five sin­gles. Selling price: US$3,375.

— Army Sewing Kit: Pres­ley’s U.S. Army-is­sue sewing kit, ac­com­pa­nied by a black-and-white pho­to­graph that ap­pears to de­pict a dres­suni­form-clad Pres­ley sewing his daily Army fa­tigues. Selling price: US$2,750.

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