A company called 'Profiles In History' is auctioning off Elvis’s diamond and platinum wedding band to his wife Priscilla on December14–15, as part of an auction featuring more than 900 items. The wedding ring is decorated with eight baguette-cut diamonds within a border of 16 fill-cut diamonds, with an expected sale price of $100,000 to $150,000. Elvis gave the ring to Priscilla when he married her at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967.
EPE Update December 13, 2006:
The "Elvis wedding ring" that is presently publicized for auction by the Profiles in History auciton house is said to have left Elvis's possession when he gave it to an entourage member, David Stanley and his wife – reportedly a sweet gesture of goodwill from Elvis late in his life, wishing the Stanleys the best in their marriage several years after his own marriage had ended. The auction has inspired news coverage and quite a bit of speculation on various Elvis fan sites and message boards.
Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. have no concrete documentation of their own to put them in a position to verify the story of the gift or the authenticity of the ring as having once belonged to Elvis, or to express any doubt about it. However, a couple of points beg clarification.
If the ring being auctioned did indeed belong to Elvis, then it would have to be Elvis's "second" wedding ring - the one Priscilla gave Elvis as a replacement when he lost his original one at their ranch in Mississippi not too long after their wedding. Elvis's original wedding ring had become loose on his finger and he was concerned that it might slip off while he was working on the ranch, so he tied it to a kerchief around his neck. The ring ultimately fell from the kerchief, which Elvis did not notice at the moment it happened. After much searching, the ring was not found. Priscilla soon gave Elvis another ring to replace his original. The second ring was of a completely different design, such as the one presently being auctioned.
Also, in some news stories the ring that is being auctioned has been misidentified as the one Elvis gave to Priscilla on their wedding day. This is not true and the auction company is not the source of that misinformation. Priscilla still has her wedding and engagement rings from Elvis and treasures them.
Google Update December 16, 2006:
The wedding ring from Elvis' marriage in 1967 to Priscilla Beaulieu fetched $90,000 US on at the American 'Profiles in History' auction. The estimated highest bid was over 100.000 dollar.
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salpas wrote on December 11, 2006
I wonder: How did they get it?? Did Priscilla sell that precious remembrance of his husband??
snyper wrote on December 12, 2006
This sounds fishy to me! Why would Priscilla ever give up her wedding ring? It's a one of a kind. Was it stolen from her? This sounds like a major scam. Graceland should be contacted for verification before anyone tries to by this. I checked pictures from the wedding, not the same ring!!!
vegaselvisfan wrote on December 12, 2006
from my hometown paper (las vegas): IT'S THE KING'S RING; That Elvis-Priscilla ring item here on Wednesday went awry when I misread the information. It is Elvis' wedding band that is being auctioned off in Beverly Hills, not Priscilla's, after being on display for the next three weeks at the Aladdin/Planet Hollywood. Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, a Beverly Hills auction house, said the ring ended up in the auction after Elvis gave it away about 10 days before he died in 1977. Elvis' stepbrother and his wife were going through a separation, said Maddalena. During his mediation, Elvis gave the wife the ring as "a symbolic gesture to keep their marriage together," said Maddalena. She kept it for many years before donating it to an Elvis museum operated by Jimmy Velvet, a friend of Presley's.
Devon wrote on December 12, 2006
Why would this be for sale, think about it ? the one thing Elvis gave Priscilla out of all the things they shared in there time togather. Sure sounds fishy to be.
vegaselvisfan wrote on December 13, 2006
This is not Priscilla's ring. It's ELVIS'. here is all the details broadcast over the internet today: ******************* Washington, Dec 12 (ANI): Rock and Roll legend Elvis Presley was so determined to save his stepbrother David Stanley's marriage, that he even gave the couple his one-of-a-kind diamond wedding ring. The ring, which will soon be going under the hammer at Profiles In History auction house, was given by The King to Stanley and his wife Angela because he was so upset that the couple's marriage was collapsing. Auction house boss Joseph M Maddalena revealed that the singer, who was reportedly opposed to the couple's split after the experience of his own divorce, even called David and Angela into a mediation, and listed out the reasons why they should not call it quits. "Elvis called his stepbrother and his wife Angela into a mediation six months before he died and he gave her his wedding ring as a token of his affection. He told them why they shouldn't get a divorce," Contactmusic quoted him, as saying. However, Elvis' involvement didn't have the desired effects, and after the couple split, Angela gave the ring to the Elvis Presley Museum in the 1980s. It was later bought by Maddalena's co-signer and found its way to the auction block. "Unfortunately, Elvis' intervention didn't work and the two later split. Angela kept the ring and then gave it to the now defunct Elvis Presley Museum in the 1980s. My co-signer bought it from the museum after it closed its doors a decade ago," Maddalena said. Maddalena also has proof of the ring's authenticity, for it comes with a letter from Angela, Angela, her ex, the jeweller who made the ring and delivered it to Elvis at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. "It (ring) has a letter from Angela, her ex, the jeweller who made the ring and delivered it to Elvis at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. I even have a letter from Elvis' best man Joe Esposito who oversaw the wedding ceremony in a freight elevator at the Aladdin," he added. Maddalena is now hoping that the ring will fetch between 100,000 dollars and 150,000 dollars went it is auctioned later this week, 14-15 December. (ANI) ps-the museum mentioned here was Jimmy Velvet's.
Getlow wrote on December 15, 2006
I had heard before that Elvis did give a ring to Stanley after feeling guilty after nailing his wife while their releationship was having problems and he promised that it would never happen again. my boy my boy
TCBCOLLECTOR wrote on December 16, 2006
The ring sold yesterday for 90,000.00 U.S.
Teacher wrote on December 16, 2006
The listing on eBays shows the ring sold for $135,000.00
TCBCOLLECTOR wrote on December 18, 2006
Thats odd, I am not sure why the difference. I did call Profiles In History after the auction closed, I was told 90K, I guess they could have been mistaken. Not sure, I will have to re-check.