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Thursday 18 January 2018

That's alright as the King's debut single fetches €64,000

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

The King was in the building at Ireland's first Pop & Rock Memorabilia auction.

The original acetate recording of Elvis Presley's debut single 'That's Alright Mama' in 1954 was the key piece among a total of 195 lots spanning 60 years of music history up for sale by Whyte's Auctioneers.

It sold for €64,000 excluding commission fees and was picked up by an absentee bidder.

The 78rpm was recorded on July 5, 1954 by a young and unknown Presley in Memphis, Tennessee.

It is considered to be one of the most important foundation stones of rock 'n' roll.

There were a number of surprise winners on the day.

A signed colour photograph of Presley and Muhammad Ali together sold for €1,050 excluding fees, coming in at €900 more than anticipated by the auctioneers.

And Elvis impersonator Mark Leen from Co Kerry, who was dressed for the occasion, splashed out €500 for a pair of guitars that belonged to Paul McCartney.

Irish Independent

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