Daily News Staff
Feb 8, 2014
HUDSON – A Norwegian collector of Elvis Presley memorabilia is all shook up to find the story behind an addition to his collection that originated in Hudson, Massachusetts.
While searching the auction website eBay for Presley memorabilia, Andreas Jensen came across a Hudson, Massachusetts Police hat badge that had been given to Presley, a collector of police badges, in the early 1970s and was displayed for a time at the Elvis Presley Museum in Branson, Miss.
"It was pretty common for people to give him badges," Jensen said from his Bodoe, Norway, home this week. "I’m pretty sure he got a badge from every city in the 1970s. I know this was originally displayed at the Elvis Presley Museum.
"Before he bought the badge - which includes the number 15 on it - Jensen sent a photo of it to Hudson Police officials, who determined the badge was authentic.
"We believe it is," said Police Chief David Stephens, who is unsure who originally wore the badge.
Jensen placed the winning bid for the badge last summer and is now trying to find the original owner of the badge to hear the story of how Presley received the it - and to see if the original owner has a photo of "The King" holding the badge."
A reward will be given if I find a photo of (Presley) holding the badge," said Jensen. "I want to know the story of how (he) got the badge."
Besides a photo of Presley holding the Hudson Police hat badge, the item Jensen would most like to add to his collection is a pair of "The King’s" sunglasses. Jensen said Presley only wore 10 or 12 pairs of sunglasses throughout his career.
While noting that it may be difficult to find who gave Presley the badge, Jensen said it's worth the hunt."I know it’s a long shot, but I’m giving it a try," said Jensen.