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That's All Right Acetate

March 25, 2013 | Other

'That's All Right' WHBQ Actetate sold for US$84,500. Rock and roll museums around the world, including the Graceland, were expected to bid for the acetate that kick-started Elvis' career almost six decades ago. It went to an internet bidder, the auctioneer said. Lot 62, a 1954 acetate of 'That's All Right', was the highlight of the pop and rock memorabilia sale.
Anctioneer Ian Whyte said: "I am delighted, the sale went extremely well. There was huge interest. It is the first ever pop and rock sale in Ireland and I hope it won't be the last." The 78rpm was recorded on July 5, 1954, by a young and unknown Presley, who had walked into the offices of Sun Records and the Memphis Recording Service, owned by Sam Phillips.
It is the only known surviving promotional copy of his first commercial recording and is considered to be one of the most important foundation stones of rock and roll. Mr Whyte said it was the first time Presley had hit the airwaves and the station was inundated with phone calls and reportedly had to play it over 14 times during the course of the show. The original track was played in the RDS sales room as the auction was broadcast live on the internet for international bids for the unique recording. 

Other highlights in the sale included a watch gifted by Elvis to his manager, one of his famous Taking Care of Business pendants and autographs from The Beatles on an Aer Lingus menu as they flew from their only appearance in Dublin. A pair of U2 platinum discs sold for 1,300 euro.

Source:Elvis Information Network
Gorse wrote on March 27, 2013
I risk being run down by several members during these difficult economic times, but I think this is quite cheap in the great scheme of things, and the Elvis legacy. Would have loved to own this one but perhaps there is more to this artefact than I know, and that might impact my observation and opinion.
Natha wrote on March 27, 2013
Gorse, I readily agree with you. This is indeed an artifact and has a true historical value. If I had that amount of money to spend I might have added this one to my collection too.
Jerome wrote on March 27, 2013
What does the Beatles autographs and U2 discs have to do with Elvis??? Unbelievable!!..
I am Buffalo-Horn! wrote on March 27, 2013
I think the big question is "Is this genuine"? It would be nice to know the provenance. Assurances given in writing, for example such as other items "authorised" by the Memphis Mafia are really not worth the paper they are written on. (Frank Skinner comes to mind) What do we know about the history of this acetate?
benny scott wrote on March 27, 2013
Hi Gorse, nothing wrong with your posting . Just like Natha I agree too, but let's hope for the buyer the acetate is genuine! Buffalo-Horn is right though, there's always a risk buying such stuff. Always El.