Elvis Presley’s first recording is among the memorabilia being auctioned on what would have been his 80th birthday.
In 1953, Presley walked into Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and recorded the song My Happiness, aged 18.
For $4, Presley was able to take with him an acetate copy of the 78 RPM record, meant as a gift for his mother Gladys.
But, as the story goes, Presley stopped at a friend’s house to listen to it first and left the record there. The acetate sat in his friend’s safe for decades.
It will be auctioned off at Graceland – the late singer’s home-turned-museum in Memphis – along with other Presley-related memorabilia on what would have been his 80th birthday.
The acetate is in original condition and the record is playable.