Lot 81: TCB Necklace Given by Elvis Presley to Tour Promoter Tom Hulett
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
A trademark of Elvis was the TCB necklaces that he would give only to those close to him. The offered gold TCB necklace is one that Elvis gifted to Tom Hulett, who, with Colonel Parker, managed Elvis' live performances in the 1970s under the Concerts West business name. Under Hulett's guidance, Concerts West put on more than 700 shows a year in the 1970s, including shows by The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frank Sinatra, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and Elton John, to name just a few. Hulett's success working with Elvis was in large part because of his ability to work with Colonel Tom Parker.
This 14 karat yellow gold TCB with lightning bolt pendant measures 1 3/4 inches (4.44 cm) in length and is suspended from a gold rope chain that measures 27 inches (68.58 cm) in length with a total weight of 20.6 grams. The necklace is offered with a letter from the consignor who acquired the necklace directly from Tom Hulett which states in part, "One of the items I picked up from Tom Hulett at this time was his TCB necklace. He said something like 'Elvis gave me that one really early'. I had no idea and he did not inform me that Elvis had given him and his wife matching diamond TCB and TLC necklaces later on during his years on tour with Elvis, but I was super happy to finally have a genuine TCB necklace that had been handed out by Elvis himself." This example of an original TCB necklace is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The necklace is in excellent condition overall.