A Pair of Kings: Collectibles Owned by Richard Petty and Elvis Go Up for Auction

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Those who dream of living like a king have two chances to own a piece of American royalty when collectibles from Richard Petty and Elvis Presley are offered for sale in separate auctions on May 12.

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For Elvis fans, the King’s 18kt white-gold Omega watch (top) goes under the hammer at Phillips in Geneva. The three-handed timepiece (with a presale estimate of $53,000 to $105,000) features a Tiffany signature under the Omega logo and a bezel with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds. A gift from Presley’s record label for crossing a sales milestone, the watch is inscribed on its case back: “To Elvis / 75 Million Records, RCA Victor / 12-25-60.”

As for NASCAR’s king, Julien’s Auctions will offer items from the Richard Petty Collection in one of Elvis’ favorite cities, Las Vegas. Among the highlights are the trophy from the 80-year-old Petty’s first Southern 500 win in 1967 (presale estimate: $100,000 to $200,000) and the Day-Glo-red and Petty-blue 1974 Dodge Charger (above) that he drove in 31 victories, including his fifth Daytona 500. That iconic 43 car is expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000—or a king’s ransom.

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Those who dream of living like a king have two chances to own a piece of American royalty when collectibles from Richard Petty and Elvis Presley are offered for sale in separate auctions on May 12.

For Elvis fans, the King’s 18kt white-gold Omega watch (top) goes under the hammer at Phillips in Geneva. The three-handed timepiece (with a presale estimate of $53,000 to $105,000) features a Tiffany signature under the Omega logo and a bezel with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds. A gift from Presley’s record label for crossing a sales milestone, the watch is inscribed on its case back: “To Elvis / 75 Million Records, RCA Victor / 12-25-60.”

As for NASCAR’s king, Julien’s Auctions will offer items from the Richard Petty Collection in one of Elvis’ favorite cities, Las Vegas. Among the highlights are the trophy from the 80-year-old Petty’s first Southern 500 win in 1967 (presale estimate: $100,000 to $200,000) and the Day-Glo-red and Petty-blue 1974 Dodge Charger (above) that he drove in 31 victories, including his fifth Daytona 500. That iconic 43 car is expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000—or a king’s ransom.

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