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First Elvis record sells at auction

An acetate recording of the ballad My Happiness, the first song Elvis Presley ever recorded, has sold at auction for a total of 300,000 US dollars (£198,000).

An undisclosed buyer placed the winning bid at Graceland, the museum and tourist attraction that was Presley's former home. Bidding began at 50,000 dollars (£33,000).

Elvis recorded it in 1953 at Sun Records, the Memphis studio operated by Sam Phillips. The rock and roll singer, then 18, paid four dollars for the recording.

As the story goes, Elvis left Sun and went to the home of friend Ed Leek to listen to it. But the music legend, 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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