PRICEY pieces of musical history including Elvis Presley’s ring are set to go under the hammer at Omega Auctions.
The ring is set to fetch more than £25,000 when it is auctioned in a 2-day sale:
Live Webcast Auction 22 Sep 2015 10:30 BST Lots: 1-635
23 Sep 2015 10:30 BST Lots: 636-1050
Day 1: Rare & Collectable Vinyl | Day 2: Music Memorabilia & Equipment
According to the auction house, the 14ct gold and diamond Russian Tsar claw crest ring was one of Elvis’ most prized possessions. He can be seen wearing it in more than one hundred concerts and is inevitably going to attract significant interest from fans and collectors around the world.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather revealed how the ring’s ‘incredible story behind its path to auction’ has added to its value.
He said: “This is such a unique piece of Elvis’ memorabilia with unquestionable provenance. I expect it will achieve a considerable sum. The ring originally belonged to Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, who passed it down to his son.
Some two weeks before Elvis was due to perform in Mobile Alabama on August 29, 1976, Tommy Milham was first in line to buy tickets at the Municipal Auditorium.He had queued all night to make sure he got his hands on a ticket. The same evening the staff from the Mobile Press interviewed him for the newspaper reporting how he waited in line with hot drinks, lunch and a portable chair to sleep on.
Mr Milham sat in the front row for the concert and when Elvis spotted him waving the newspaper with the headline ‘First In Line With Patience’ Elvis approached him and took the newspaper. He read the headline, and thanked the fan by asking if he’d like a scarf.
Mr Milham pointed at the huge ring Elvis was wearing and shouted ‘No, I want that ring’.
Elvis told him that he couldn’t give his ring away and handed him a scarf instead. Mr Milham shouted again, demanding the ring. Elvis finally shrugged his shoulders and slipped the ring from his finger and handed it to Mr Milham.
The gesture made the New York Times and some TV stations and, years later, the story appeared in Becky Yancey’s book My Life With Elvis. The current owner, who bought the ring from Mr Milham in 2004, has decided to sell the ring due to health issues.
A Hamilton digital watch which belonged to Elvis is also up for grabs and is expected to sell for more than £7,000.