PARIS, France - Elvis Presley experts and historians have long known about a collection of jewelry the singer to his manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Both collectors and fans have spent decades searching for the items, which were thought to be lost. Thanks to Brigitte Bruse, founder and CEO of GWS Auctions, who found and assemble the pieces, they can now be see together for the first time.
Two hundred items, including gold rings encrusted with jewels, cufflinks, watches and chains, will go up for auction on Aug.27. Also included is the guitar played by Presley during his famous 'comeback' TV special of 1968.
Presley's former wife Priscila worked with Kruse on the collection, although Priscilla does now own any of pieces.
'Well, it brings back memories for sure', Priscilla Presley told Reuters.
She added that it was a running joke with her former husband that he constantly bought or commissioned jewelry for Parker because the manager already had everything he needed and the Presley did not know what else to buy him.
Priscilla Presley said she felt protective of the items because she designed some of them, including artifacts with the logo for TBC Band, the musician who formed the core rhythm section of Presley's backing band in his later years. 'TCB' stood for 'taking care of business', a favorite expression of Presley's.
Priscilla Presley supported the auction in part because she was weary of seeing so many fake Elvis artifact for sale.