A watch fit for a king will go under the hammer next month when Elvis Presley’s 18ct Corum Buckingham goes up for sale at Sworders this autumn.
It is expected to fetch up to US$64,000 as part of the firm’s Fine Jewelry and Watches Online auction on November 17.
The watch, with a square hobnail dial, black hands and cabochon crown, is engraved to the case back in block lettering "To Richard from E.P." Dated to c.1960.
It was given as a gift by Elvis to Richard Davis, his personal valet and the man responsible for the purchase of much of his wardrobe who began working for Elvis in the early 1960s.
It is accompanied by an affidavit from Davis which states: “One day Elvis took the watch off his wrist and said there was something wrong with the back of it. I turned it over and Elvis had inscribed it to me – he said ‘well I guess it’s yours now.”
A second statement by Charlie Hodge confirms the story and adds that this was one of Elvis' favourite timekeepers.
Photographs of him wearing the watch come as part of the lot.
The estimate is £40,000 - £50,000. -