A copy of the King’s first recording looks likely to fetch upwards of $500,000 when it goes up for auction in January.
8th Janaury 2015 will mark what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday, so to celebrate his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee will be hosting an auction of some highly valuable memorabilia. Chief amongst the items on offer is a copy of Elvis’ first recording, ‘My Happiness/That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’, which was pressed on to a single acetate at Memphis’ Sun Records in 1953 when he was just 18 years old.
Graceland have no provided an official estimate, although Record Collector magazine once valued the record at $500,000 – more than double the $200,000 at which pre-Beatles group The Quarrymen’s 1958 single, ‘That’ll Be The Day/In Spite of the Danger’ is valued, a record that is generally regarded as the most expensive in the world. Included in the lot at the auction will be a signed copy of Elvis’ first single on Sun – ‘That’s All Right’, along with a copy of his driving license and a signed radio show contract from 1955.