Jack White has revealed in a new interview with Billboard that he recently made the winning anonymous bid on the first vinyl record ever cut by Elvis Presley. He paid $300,000 for the disc, which featured covers of “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” that were recorded in 1953. White plans to reissue the single through his Third Man Records on Record Store Day.
The Billboard story also revealed some other interesting facts about White’s Third Man company, which encompasses a record label, a store, a live performance space and a recording studio.
For instance, White has a dress code for his 26 employees: the men wear black suits with yellow-and-black ties, while the women wear black dresses.
White’s office is hidden behind a door that reads “JOHN A. WHITE III, D.D.S., FAMILY DENTISTRY.” It features a massive portrait of 1930s Delta bluesman Charlie Patton and a six-foot-tall stuffed giraffe head.
His most prized possessions — including the master tapes of all the White Stripes albums, plus recordings made by artists like Neil Young and Beck at Third Man — are kept safe in a fireproof and climate-controlled vault down the hall from his office.
White is on the road in South America for the rest of this month, but will headline the Coachella Festival in mid-April.