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Lot 5: Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Tiger's Eye, Diamond and Gold Ring Gifted to Bodyguard Sam Thompson in 1973
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Elvis favored certain stones in his jewelry and tiger's eye was one such stone, perhaps because it is believed to bring harmony, balance and protection as well as enhance good luck. This 14-karat yellow gold men's ring has a central cushion-shaped tiger's eye stone measuring 11 x 7 mm which is surrounded by a rectangle of 31 diamonds with vertical beveled shoulders, each measuring 1.2 mm and weighing 0.01 carat. The ring, which measures size 10 1/4 and weighs a total of 16.5 grams, comes with a letter from Sam Thompson that states in part: "In March 1973, I was in Baptist Hospital in Memphis, recuperating from an injury received while serving as a deputy sheriff. Elvis sent Red West to my hospital room with a small check to 'help pay the bills' while I was off work. Later that month, Elvis came by my apartment and removed a ring from his finger and gave it to me, assuring me that all would be well. The ring is 14K yellow gold and has about 30 small diamonds, and a center stone of Tigers Eye, which I think was Elvis' favorite stone."
Having been loyal to Elvis since 1972, Sam Thompson was the recipient of many gifts from Elvis over the years, which was a way in which Elvis showed his gratitude. The accompanying DVD interview with Sam Thompson features Sam speaking about several items available in this auction, including this very ring. The ring is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The ring shows only minor wear. Excellent condition.