Rock ‘n’ roll history will hit the auction block on Thursday, September 29th, when three early items pertaining to Elvis Presley – including one of three original master recordings from his first-ever recording session in 1954 for Sun Records – will be offered by Weiss Auctions. Music will be a key part of the 500-lot, online-only Iconic and Eclectic auction.
The acetate recording, with That’s All Right on one side and Blue Moon of Kentucky on the other side, is considered one of rock’s true Holy Grail items, as it was the record that launched Elvis’s career and changed American popular music forever. John Lennon once said, “Before Elvis there was nothing.” Three acetates were cut in that first session; one of the three will come up for bid.
Also sold will be an acetate recording of Blue Suede Shoes, also with Elvis on vocals. The song would become a huge hit in 1955 for Carl Perkins, before Presley recorded his own version the following year. Both records were chart-toppers. Elvis ordered an actual pair of blue suede shoes and wore them when he performed the song. The shoes were sold at auction in 2013 for $80,000.
The third item is a large version of the famous photo showing the four members of the “Million Dollar Quartet” – Presley, Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis – signed and inscribed by all four to Marion Keisker MacInnes, who worked at Sun Records and was a key contributor to Elvis’s early development. The photograph was taken at the Sun Records studio in Memphis.
Additional items from Ms, Kesiker MacInnes’s collection of Sun Records memorabilia will also be in the sale, as will other music industry items, including a Beatles autographed picture, signed by all four band members; a ticket from the Beatles performance at RFK Stadium in Aug. 1966; and an archive of material relating to Barbra Streisand, including letters, postcards and records.
Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. For more information about Weiss Auctions and the Iconic and Eclectic auction slated for Thursday, September 29th, visit www.WeissAuctions.com.