The rhinestone-studded jockstrap worn by Elvis Presley and bearing his initials is seen in this undated handout picture. Paul Fraser Collectibles/Handout via REUTERS
BRISTOL, England (Reuters) – A piece of Elvis Presley memorabilia is up for sale, and it is probably the most Elvis thing you can possibly imagine – a rhinestone studded jockstrap said to have been worn by the king.
The piece was made for Elvis by a fan and later ended up in the collection of Jimmy Velvet, a singer who opened an Elvis museum in Memphis.
Daniel Wade, manager of Paul Fraser Collectibles which is offering it for sale in Britain for 30,000 pounds ($36,700) said Elvis is believed to have worn it several times in the 1970s.
“It is extravagant. It is absurd,” he said. “It is absolutely Elvis.”
The jockstrap is being offered in a sale of unusual celebrity memorabilia. The most expensive item – for 250,000 pounds – is a lock of blonde hair saved by Marilyn Monroe’s hairdresser, who cut it from her head in 1962 on the night she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to John Kennedy.
“It’s the night that two great worlds collided in JFK and Marilyn Monroe. And of course, sadly they would both die within almost a year of that night. So it’s also somewhat tragic as well as being hugely notable,” said Wade.
Wade said the coronavirus crisis had increased interest in celebrity memorabilia, because buyers had more time on their hands and because people were seeking alternative investments at a time of turmoil in financial markets.
“We are seeing more people coming to us with a view to sort of hedging the diversification for their portfolios.”
Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Janet Lawrence