Well, that’s one way to keep your fanbase happy! Elvis Presley not only spread joy with his glorious music but he apparently also did so by giving away his very expensive jewelry.
According to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s longtime jeweler, Lowell Hays, the legendary musician had no problem at all giving away his jewels, which is one reason a few of his personal pieces can now be found on the auction block at Omega Auctions in the UK. In a video from 2014, Hays recalled the time Elvis asked him to bring his jewelry case up on stage during a performance.
“He started taking pieces of jewelry out of the case and going over and was giving them to these girls on the front row and just giving the jewelry away,” Hays said. “He gave away a lot of jewelry that night; he was in one of those moods, and I was frankly embarrassed and wished it hadn’t been there because, to me, it was a huge amount of money.” Hays then revealed what the “Heartbreak Hotel” singer told him afterward.
“So when the show ended, I ran out the back door and jumped in Elvis’ car and I said, ‘Elvis, I’m embarrassed. I just wish I hadn’t been here and then you wouldn’t have lost all that money, you just gave away all that money out there!’” Hays recalled. “And he looked at me and he laughed that little Elvis laugh he has and he said, ‘You know what, Lowell? I’m going to have to sing five minutes more tomorrow night to pay for it.’”
Some pieces of Elvis’ jewelry that will be up for auction include a 14-karat gold link and a 14-karat gold nugget-style ring set with six diamonds and two rubies. Any huge fan (with the funds) will, of course, love to add this to their collection, as it will be their way to get close to the hitmaker.
During a recent interview, one star who personally knew Elvis when he was alive, Marie Osmond, candidly opened up about what it was like hanging with the music icon. “I know everyone has their story but we have legitimate [stories]. He called my mom, [Olive Osmond], all the time. Loved her,” the 59-year-old said on the January 8 episode of Watch What Happens Live. “She reminded him very much of his mom. And so, you know, he would call and I’d kind of try to hear and [my mom] would try to shut the door. And we’d go to Vegas and there was always a room full of flowers, never for us, always for her.”
She added, “Honestly, I think the reason our family is more open with fans through meet-and-greets … is because of him, really. He got very lonely towards the end, he isolated himself a lot.”
Elvis passed away in 1977 at the age of 42.