As we reported back in November, there would be an auction to mark the King of Rock and Roll’s 80th birthday. The auction took place on Friday, and an acetate recording of his first song “My Happiness”, sold for a staggering $300,000 (£198,413). First recorded in Sun Records in Memphis in 1953, “My Happiness” was the first song Elvis, then aged only 18, had recorded. He paid $4 for the recording session, Presely is said to have left the studio to visit the home of this friend Ed Leek to listen to it, and left it behind.
The record was offered to the auction by Leek’s niece who had inherited the record. Bidding on the record began at $50,000 (£33,068) and was purchased by an undisclosed buyer at Presely’s former home Graceland, which is now also a museum and tourist attraction. Also to mark the King’s birthday, hundreds of fans joined his former wife Priscilla, their daughter Lisa Marie and Elvis’ grandchildren, in Memphis, Tennessee to slice an eight-tier cake.