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Lot 15: Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Ruby Lion Head Cufflinks Given to Bodyguard Sam Thompson
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
These regal, 14 karat yellow gold lion head cufflinks, each with a pair of ruby inset eyes which measure 2 mm each, make a gallant statement that was a typical choice for Elvis' fashion. Elvis appreciated the symbolism of the lion and often chose it as a theme for his adornments; most notably the lion pendant necklace that Elvis was captured wearing on many important occasions, including his meeting with President Nixon, his acceptance of the Jaycees Award, and Sonny West's wedding.
This majestic pair of cufflinks, weighing 7.9 grams, come with a letter from Sam Thompson that states in part, "In the summer of 1974, while visiting at Graceland, Elvis gave my father, Sanford Thompson, a lion head ring. Later, at The Memphian Theater, after telling me of his gift to my father, he then gave me a lion head set of cufflinks, which he removed from the shirt he was wearing and handed directly to me. The cufflinks are 14K yellow gold, weigh approximately 15.4 grams, and each one has two 3 point rubies for eyes." It was certainly a grand gesture by the King of Rock 'n' Roll to remove his own "king of the jungle" cufflinks and gift them to Sam. The cufflinks, with toggle link back, measure 3/4 inch (1.90 cm) in height and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The cufflinks are in excellent condition overall.