From the King of Thailand to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
HM King B[h]umibol and Queen Sirikit both music aficionados met with Elvis Presley on the set of G.I. Blues during their visit to Paramount Studies. On this occasion HM King Bhumibol presented Elvis with a combined cigarette and lighter case produced by the Thai Nakorn company. This company was the best silversmith in Bangkok at the time and were bestowed the Garuda emblem by HM the King. The engraving on the front of the box read, “To Elvis Presley Hollywood 1960” and on the inside of the box, the words “King Bhumibol Adulyadej To the King of Rock ดnด Roll” were engraved. Included in the engraving was the stamp of the producer of the box “THAI NAKORN SIAM STERLING” with the Garuda in the middle.
Elvis Presley gave the unique combined lighter and cigarette box to Ursula Adelaide Aylmer (Nixon) who was working in America as an English teacher in the 1960s and had come to know or work for Elvis. Ursula Adelaide Aylmer kept the box until she passed away in 2021 at the age of 92. The family decided to sell the box and it will be offered in the Eur-Seree auction in Bangkok on 1-2 April 2023.
(Source: https://www.pattayamail.com/pattayamail ... oll-423949)
And here are the pictures of this lighter attached to the text:
A picture of Elvis and the Thai royal couple is also attached to the article, but we already have a better version here on our forum:
(Source: viewtopic.php?f=355&t=10702&hilit=Cafe+Europe#p128286 - posted by galaxie)
The lighter was auctioned once before in May 2021 and sold for $3,600:
https://www.mallams.co.uk/sales/abingdo ... ew-lot/40/