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An Elvis Presley Saint Christopher medal worn in Jailhouse Rock

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An Elvis Presley Saint Christopher medal worn in Jailhouse Rock
14k gold Saint Christopher medal pendant with a bas relief depicting Christopher carrying the Christ child, encircled by the words, "Saint Christopher / Protect Us," hanging from a 25 in. chain, housed in a small brown jewelry box. Accompanied by 3 letters pertaining to its authenticity (including one from Presley's longtime friend and assistant, Joe Esposito), other provenance paperwork, a photo of Elvis wearing the medal, a photo of Elvis in Jailhouse Rock (1957), and a color picture of Elvis in surf trunks, riding a surfboard.
Provenance: Elvis to Franklin Milton; Santa Barbara Surfing Museum.

ST. CHRISTOPHER, PATRON SAINT OF SURFING, AND ELVIS.

Jailhouse Rock was Elvis' breakthrough film which depicts him as a rockin' and rollin' jailbird who makes a name for himself in the music industry. Elvis wore this medal on the set when Sound Director (and 3-time Oscar® winner) Franklin Milton admired it, prompting the generous Presley to gift it to him. According to Milton's son, Gary, the longtime MGM sound man wore it until his death in 1985.
Diameter: 1.5 in.; jewelry box: 4 x 7 x 1.5 in.

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