Watch worn by Elvis Presley on first TV show sells for £240k

25th June 2022

Watch worn by Elvis Presley on first TV show sells for £240k

A watch worn by Elvis Presley for his first major TV appearance in 1956 has been sold at auction for £240,000.

The 14-karat gold-filled Lord Elgin watch, which the star also wore to sign his first contract, sold at the auction in Devizes, Wiltshire.

A replica of it features in the new Baz Luhrmann movie Elvis, starring Tom Hanks

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Elvis Presley's first national TV appearance was on the January 28th 1956 edition of Stage Show

Other Elvis items in the sale included a spiritual book for £15,000 and a pair of white boots which sold for £18,000.

Jimmy Velvet, Elvis's friend of 22 years, said he believed the watch was "truly one of the grandest pieces Elvis ever owned".

He added: "[That was] due to the pivotal moment of his career when it all fell into place for him and the amazing documented history of where the watch has been."

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A pair of white boots owned by Elvis sold for £18,000

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the amount reached "reflects the importance and enduring appeal of Elvis Presley".

Mr Aldridge, managing director of Henry Aldridge and Son, said there was a good turnout for the lot which was the first in-person auction held since the pandemic.

"There were around 30-40 people attending in person with 600 registered for the auction online... [which is] slightly above average," he said.

Mr Aldridge said the collection of items were "a classic cross collectable and appealed to fans of Elvis and watch connoisseurs as well".

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A spiritual book belonging to the star sold for £15,000 in Saturday's sale

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