WASHINGTON (dpa) – Elvis Presley’s first-known recording is among several collectibles scheduled to be auctioned January 8 on the day he would have turned 80, according to Graceland, the tourist attraction that celebrates the iconic American singer’s life.
The acetate recording of the songs My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin is the only known copy of the recording made in 1953 when Elvis was 18.
The recording, possibly meant to be a gift for his mother, was made at the Memphis Recording Service, run by Sun Records owner
Sam Phillips. Presley eventually returned to the studio to record his first single for Sun Records in July 1954.
“I don’t sound like nobody,” Presley told receptionist Marion Kesker when he paid the 4-dollar charge to record the songs and press the vinyl acetate.
Presley listened to the recording at a friend’s house, but left it behind and never gave it to his mother, according to Graceland, which is run by Presley’s estate and authenticates items that Elvis fans sell to one another.
Graceland says the recording has been in private hands since it was made and is being offered to a new owner for the first time.
Invaluable.com, the online auction marketplace that is hosting the bidding, said the record is expected to fetch 75,000 to 100,000 dollars.
The auction also will feature Presley’s first driver’s licence, issued in 1952; a signed copy of his first single for Sun Records, That’s All Right; and a contract to appear on the Louisiana Hayride radio show in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1955.
Among the less glamourous items are the singer’s first-aid kit from his service in the US Army. It is expected to fetch between 4,500 and 5,500 dollars.
Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, held a similar sale in August, during the week in which the anniversary of his death from prescription drugs fell.
That sale featured a script from the movie Love Me Tender, a library card signed by Elvis and gold jewellery in the shape of a lion’s head.
The live auction will coincide with celebrations at Graceland of Presley’s January 8, 1935 birth. All 68 of the items are Elvis artifacts from third-party collectors and have been thoroughly researched and evaluated, according to Graceland.
Online bidding for the auction at Graceland.com has already been opened.