The King of Rock may not be around anymore, but his first recording sure is. An acetate disc from 1953 featuring the singer’s “My Happiness” recently fetched a staggering sum of $300,000 at a Graceland auction on January 8th – the date that would marked Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday.
Of course, the recording itself can be found on various compilations but the original disc itself has always been a subject of debate. As previously reported, Presley’s friend Ed Leek claimed to have given the singer four dollars to fund the session, subsequently inheriting the disc when Presley – whose family didn’t have a record player – left it behind at his home.
The 78 RPM acetate was recorded by the legendary singer at Sun Records in Memphis in 1953 when he was 18 years old. It was reportedly meant as gift for his mother Gladys.
Bidding started at $50,000, and the item was sold to an undisclosed buyer.