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Elvis Presley in the concert film Aloha From Hawaii, 1973

Elvis Presley in the concert film Aloha From Hawaii, 1973

A ring from Elvis fetches $107.5k

The King was generous to his fans, as this one-off item, gifted to an audience member in 1975, shows

Elvis Presley's 10ct. diamond ring sold for $107,500 at Affiliated Auctions' sale, yesterday (December 6).

The ring was consigned by audience member Lloyd Perry, who was sat on the front row at Elvis's Ashville, North Carolina gig on July 24, 1975.

Four songs into his one-and-a-half-hour long set, Elvis threw his Gibson guitar into the crowd, which Perry and the audience member next to him caught at the same time.

Elvis's diamond ring
Elvis's diamond ring ($107.5k), worn by The King onstage in 1975

After strumming it for a while, Perry allowed the other man to have the guitar.

A few songs later, possibly feeling Perry should receive a memento for allowing the other person to have the guitar, Elvis beckoned him on to the stage.

Then, for Perry, something momentous happened: Elvis shook his hand, before removing a diamond ring from his own finger and gifting it directly to his stunned fan.

Yesterday, the same ring auctioned in Tallahassee, Florida. It was consigned by Mr Perry and sold with three copies of the Asheville Citizen-Times and Bristol Herald Courier, which each featured stories about the gift.

The 10ct. diamond ring consists of 14 found cut .44ct diamonds set in 14k yellow gold and weighing 27.2 grams, size 11, according to Affiliated Auctions.

For Elvis fans, Paul Fraser Collectibles currently has two fine pieces of memorabilia available: two signed photographs of The King - one brooding and one smiling.

In other Elvis news, a jacket worn by him in the 1968 MGM car racing film Speedway sold for $20,480 at Julien's Auctions in New York, earlier this month.

 

www.paulfrasercollectibles.com

Image: Affiliated Auctions

 




Last updated: 8 December 2009