Elvis Presley's 'Lion Claw' necklace anticipated to fetch at least $500k at auction. This bespoke chain, adorned with diamonds, gold, and rubies, is often referred to as the "Holy Grail" of Presley's jewelrycollection. The item is currently featured in the Gotta Have Rock and Roll online auction, scheduled to conclude on December 15.
Despite having a minimum bid price of $350,000, experts anticipate the necklace to command bids reaching up to $500k. The significance of this piece lies in its extensive history, as Elvis was frequently photographed wearing it. Whether during his daily life, on stage, or at special events, the necklace holds a unique place in Presley's iconic image.
The auction listing highlights that Elvis was captured wearing the necklace in over 100 photographs, spanning various occasions such as 30 concerts, his daughter Lisa Marie's 5th birthday celebration, and romantic outings with his longtime girlfriend, Linda Thompson. This exquisite piece of jewelry encapsulates a tangible connection to the King of Rock and Roll's personal and public life.
Even during his iconic encounter with boxer Muhammad Ali, Elvis proudly wore the necklace, a moment captured in a memorable photograph where both sporting Elvis' robes posed in Presley's dressing room following a Las Vegas concert, fists up in friendship.
The auctioneers emphasized the significance of this particular necklace in Elvis Presley's legacy, dubbing it "arguably the most iconic photograph ever of Elvis Presley," showcasing him adorned with this very Lion Claw Necklace.
Following Presley's passing in August 1977, this cherished piece of jewelry found a place of honor at the Elvis Presley Museum within Graceland. During its journey, it spent a brief period under the care of Jimmy Velvet, recognized as "The Godfather of memorabilia," according to the site's records.
The upcoming auction of Elvis Presley's Lion Claw necklace adds to a series of the "Jailhouse Rock" singer's treasures that have hit the auction block in recent years. Notably, his cherished Smith & Wesson Model 53 revolver fetched an impressive $199,750 in an August auction, surpassing auctioneers' expectations by more than double. This particular handgun, a gift from a mysterious friend just nine months before Presley's death, was sold a mere 10 days after the anniversary of the rock legend's passing.
Last December witnessed the sale of Presley's dilapidated private jet for $260,000. The "Can't Help Falling in Love" singer had purchased the aircraft, which had sat unused in a lot for four decades, the year before his death, acquiring it for $840,000.