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April 11, 2016  -  By Logan Sachon for JCK Online -  Elvis Express Radio
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Antiquorum Auctioneers will put 259 timepieces on the block for its Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces auction, taking place April 20 in New York City. Among the top lots is a
Corum Buckingham wristwatch once worn by Elvis Presley (estimated at $10,000–$20,000).

Unique and Historically Important "Elvis Presley" Wristwatch worn by Elvis and gifted to Richard Davis. Corum, "Buckingham", No. 50602, Ref. 5971.
Made circa 1960. Fine and unusual, large, square, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with a yellow gold-plated Corum buckle. Accompanied by a box, 8 color photos with Elvis wearing the
watch and authentication correspondence.

The watch is described as a Two-body, solid, polished and brushed, stepped hobnail decorated bezel , cabochon sapphire-set winding-crown , snap-on case back engraved:
To Richard from E.P

Dial, case and movement signed. DIM. 34 x 34 mm. THICKNESS 7 mm. RICHARD DAVIS began working for ELVIS PRESLEY in the early 1960's as his valet, wardrobe assistant,
stand-in and personal bodyguard. Davis worked for Elvis until 1971 and remained his close friend until Elvis' untimely death in 1977.

As stated in the accompanying letter of attestation, Elvis wore the square shaped CORUM BUCKINGHAM wristwatch often and one day while he and Davis were conversing he
removed it from his wrist, handing it to Davis stating there was something wrong with the back of it. When Davis turned the timepiece over to inspect it, he saw to his great surprise
that the case back had been inscribed, "To Richard, From E.P."

As detailed in the letter, Elvis then said, "I guess it's yours now." The "King of Rock 'n Roll" was known for being extremely generous, often giving away his valuable personal
belongings as presents particularly to the MEMPHIS MAFIA (group of friends and employees who surrounded Elvis) so it was not surprising that he gifted his prized yellow gold
Corum to his right-hand man and close friend, Richard Davis.

ELVIS PRESLEY and RICHARD DAVIS (a longtime member of Elvis' Memphis Mafia) attending a TOM JONES show at CAESAR'S PALACE in mid-October 1970. Richard started
working for Elvis after Elvis returned from the Army and continued to work for him until 1971 as a body guard, a stand-in in 23 movies and eventually a wardrobe manager. He
remained friends with Elvis until the end.
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