If you’re into collecting music—CDs, vinyl, whatever—you’ve probably wondered what the most rare and valuable record might be. I have the answer. It’s a cheap, fragile one-of-a-kind acetate recorded by an 18 year-old truck driver on a summer’s day in 1953. This is the first record made by one Elvis Aaron Presley.
It was supposed to be a birthday present for his mom, but it ended up in the hands of his friend Ed Leek. Meanwhile, Sam Phillips of Sun Records heard about the record, signed Elvis to a deal and rock’n’roll as we know it came into existence. You can make an argument that this acetate is the Urrecord for all the rock music we have today. So how much is it worth? Back on January 8, it was sold at auction.
An anonymous Internet buyer picked it up for $300,000 US. That’s a world record for the most paid for a collectible piece of music. I wonder where it’s going to live?