What Was Stolen From The Elvis A Rama Museum?

Elvis Unlimited added a list to their site listing the items that were stolen from the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas last weekend. Apparently the thieves used a stolen tow truck to bash in the back door, causing about $4,000 in structural damage to the building, then used lead pipes to break open three Plexiglas cases. Police are now reviewing the surveilance tapes. They did leave behind the blue suede shoes which are valued at more than $1 million though. 1975 Elvis Presley’s 41ct Star Ruby Diamond Ring A large 14kt gold ring encasing a purplish-red 41ct Star Ruby with 14 surrounding diamonds making a total diamond weight of 3.5 carats. The ring was purchased by Elvis in Las Vegas at a cost of $75,000.00 and later given to Dave Hebler aboard a plane while en route to check on the progress of the Lisa Marie. Accompanied with letters of authenticity from both Dave Hebler and Marty Lacker. Value: $77,000.00 1973 Elvis Presley’s Gold and Diamond Medallion A large round gold medallion with black onyx that spells Elvis in diamonds. There is fancy wirework around the circumference of the medallion. The medallion was later given by Elvis to an executive at the Las Vegas Hilton. Accompanied with letter of authenticity from the Elvis A Rama Museum. Value: $65,000.00 1975 Elvis Presley’s Diamond Pendant and Chain A heavy 18kt gold medallion with the initials E.P. stamped into the gold with a 30 ct diamond after each initial. Custom made by an Amarillo, Tx jeweler named Janus Mays who presented the pendant to Elvis on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton. Accompanied with a photo of Elvis wearing the pendant as well as a letter of authenticity from Joe Esposito on how he acquired it from Elvis along with an Elvis Presley Museum certificate. Includes a copy of letter from Janus Mays, the jeweler who made the pendant and then gave it to Elvis on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton. Value: $42,000.00 1953 Elvis Presley’s 10kt initial Humes Highschool ring A 10 kt gold initial ring that was purchased for Elvis by his parents while attending Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee during his senior year. This classic ring was worn by Elvis during the early 50's and kept in his jewelry box as a memento of his childhood until later giving it to bodyguard, Dave Hebler. Accompanied with letter of authenticity from Memphis Mafia member, Dave Hebler as well as one from the Elvis A Rama Museum where the ring was on display. Value: $32,000.00 1956 Elvis Presley’s Louisiana Hayride. Presley Day Ring A simple designed 18kt gold black onyx ring that was given to Elvis by the Louisiana Hayride show in the summer of 1955. The ring is inscribed. Elvis wore the ring until September 26th, 1956 which is when he gave it away as a door prize at the Mississippi/Alabama State Fairgrounds in Tupelo, MS for Elvis Presley Day. Accompanied with a photo of Elvis wearing the ring in late 1955 as well as letters from Shirley Richardson who won the ring on Elvis Presley Day, A copy of the article from Sept 26, 1956 in the Tupelo Journal describing Mrs. Richardsons good fortune. Value: $29,000.00 1970 Elvis Presley .38 Special Gold Plated S & W Handgun A .38 Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun that Elvis had gold-plated on the trigger, hammer and cylinder release button. Serial #J575849. Carried by Elvis when he went to visit President Nixon, the gun was later given to Elvis' father, Vernon. Purchased from Hobart and Bonnie Burnette who purchased Vernon’s home on Dolan st. when Vernon moved into Graceland right after Elvis death. Accompanied with letter of authenticity from the Elvis A Rama Museum. Value: $25,000.00 1971 Elvis Presley’s 14kt Gold ID Bracelet A 14kt yellow gold mesh bracelet with 5 double linked strands with a centered gold nameplate with the initials E.A.P. engraved in the center. The bracelet was purchased by Elvis in 1971 at Thunderbird's Jewelry Store. The bracelet was later given to a girlfriend that Elvis was seeing at the time. Accompanied with letter of authenticity from Memphis Mafia member, Joe Esposito. Value: $17,700.00 1972 Elvis Presley’s Elvis on Tour White High Collar Shirt This white, satin high collar shirt was worn by Elvis for the 1972 MGM documentary, Elvis on Tour. The shirt has light staining around the inside of the collar and neckline. There is elastic at both the elbow and wrist of the long sleeved shirt. The shirt was obtained from Charlie Hodge who met Elvis in the army. Damaged. Accompanied with letter of authenticity from Memphis Mafia member, Charlie Hodge who worked directly with Elvis on all of his performances in the 1970's handing him scarves, water and catching Elvis guitar when he threw it at him. Value: $11,700.00 1955 Elvis Presley’s Hamilton Wristwatch The rectangular face Hamilton watch has a 14kt yellow gold filled casing. Matched with a black suede band and gold buckle. Elvis was photographed on a train wearing the watch before giving it to a reporter named, Lynn Pupello. Accompanied with photo of Elvis wearing similar or same watch along with letter of authenticity from the Elvis Presley Museum as well as the Elvis A Rama Museum. Value: $9,500.00 1957 Elvis Presley’s Memphis Police Shield Ring. A simple black onyx ring made into the shape of a policeman’s shield. Given to Elvis by the Memphis Police Dept. Elvis wore this ring in the fifties and later put it in his jewelry box until the early 70’s. He then gave the ring to one of his bodyguards, Sam Thompson, who was a Memphis District Superior Court Judge. Accompanied with letter from Sam Thompson (Linda Thompson’s brother) who describes when and how he received the ring from Elvis. Value: $8,500.00 1975 Elvis Presley Las Vegas Hilton Logo Scarf A large white scarf with a blue facsimile signature Elvis Presley and Las Vegas Hilton logo which was given to a fan during one of his performances. Accompanied with letter of authenticity from Elvis A Rama Museum. Value: $750.00.
Source: Elvis Unlimited / Updated: Mar 17, 2004 

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TonyM (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2004report abuse
Christ!...is nothing bloody sacred!!
sivle35 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2004report abuse
I think they should look very hard at the elvis impersonators who work there.Just kidding.It is kinda sad, i've been there many times and it's a great musuem, the only thing i didn't like is the factthe owner has allowed some of those guys that do there tribute there actually wear elvis' jumpsuits.Thats just not cool in my book.To each his own i guess, but even if i owned one i would never put it on out of respect.
Kenneth (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2004report abuse
i hope the police catch the lowlife who done this theft and then i hope that a judge will put same lowlife in jail for the rest of their natural lives.i am very bitter about this and wonder what the comment "almost 300 miles to graceland" is supposed to mean,as said by mlealo24.
Elvisfoto (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2004report abuse
The guys that stole that stuff are stupid , they will not get top dollar with out the paper work. My friend Chris owns the museum and he's not only sad for the missing stuff he is sad for all the people that won't get to see those one of kind jewels. If you here of any thing please contact me or the Las Vegas P.D. Thanks. It,s just sad...
mleal024 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2004report abuse
I will wait for a good end of this sad new
mleal024 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2004report abuse
Almost "300 miles to Graceland"
Katelouise (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2004report abuse
This is very disappointing. Those items are a part of history and for us fans who would be grateful just to be able to see them in a glass box in a museum it is ruined! I also agree that there should be a big investigation into this I mean at the end of the day theft is theft. Let's hope whoever did this are caught and that all items are returned in good condition.
paralyzed (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 17, 2004report abuse
I would give just about anything to have a piece of Elvis' jewelry or a gun that was special to him, but of course, if individuals kept it all for themselves, it wouldn't be availble for everyone else to see. I'm mad. I was taking my first trip to Vegas this summer and very much wanted to see these items. If this just blows over with little investigation and is laughed off as Elvis related situations often are by the general public, it will make me sick. What is graceland/EPE/anybody going to do to recover these things?
untamedhawk (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 17, 2004report abuse
OMG Sound like a fan gone awry, or someone knew where to find the real treasure. As bad as it sounds, we'd all love to own just one of those items...I just hope those responsible don't go so far as to damage the items, and realize the full historical value of each item taken from the museum.

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