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Elvis’s First Record Sells for $300K

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Elvis Presley’s first recording of the ballad “My Happiness,” the first song Elvis recorded, sold for $300,000.

An undisclosed buyer placed the winning bid at an auction at Graceland Thursday.

The Tupelo native, Presley recorded “My Happiness” in 1953 at Sun Records, a studio in Memphis. Presley was 18-years-old at the time and paid only $4 for the recording. As the story goes, Presley left Sun and went to the home of friend Ed Leek to listen to it. But Presley, whose family did not have a record player, left the record there.

Leek had kept the record, and after he and his wife died, their niece inherited it. She contacted Graceland, and it was offered for auction.

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