24 November 2008,
Price realised USD 32,500
USD 20,000 - USD 25,000
A black star sapphire and diamond ring designed and worn by Elvis Presley during his final tour in 1977. The central rectangular plaque, bezel-set with four black star sapphires, with circular-cut diamonds at the cardinal points and center, to the tapered textured gold band, enhanced by circular-cut diamond.
The ring was created by Memphis jeweler Lowell Hays, with explicit design instructions by The King. During the tour, Presley reportedly knocked a stone loose, and set it back to Hays for repair. Presley passed away in the meantime, and the ring was subsequently placed as the prize a 1978 contest sponsored by The National Enquirer. Accompanied by documentation regarding the rings provenance, and a newspaper image of Presley wearing the ring on stage.
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