Wednesday 17 January 2018

The King of all auctions – Elvis's first hit on sale

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

The original recording of Elvis Presley's first radio hit could leave collectors all shook up when it goes under the hammer this month.

Rock and roll museums around the world, including the Graceland, are expected to bid for the vinyl that kick-started his career almost six decades ago.

Lot 62, a 1954 recording of 'That's All Right (Mama)', is the highlight of the pop and rock memorabilia auction in the RDS in Dublin on Sunday, March 24.

It is expected to fetch between €50,000 and €70,000.

Ian Whyte, of Whyte & Sons Auctioneers Ltd, revealed the seller is a private collector based in Ireland who bought it in 1998 for Stg£18,000.

"We're over the moon about it. I never thought we would have Elvis's first recording. It's an amazing thing. It will be very interesting to see what happens," he said.

Other highlights include a watch given by Presley to his manager and autographs from The Beatles from their only appearance in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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