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Elvis Presley's first recording sells for $300,000

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Media captionElvis's 80th Birthday celebrated at Graceland

The first record Elvis Presley ever made has sold at auction for $300,000 (£198,000).

An unnamed buyer placed the winning bid online for the 78 rpm recording of My Happiness, the first time it has come up for public sale.

The auction was held at Presley's former home Graceland on what would have been his 80th birthday.

Presley recorded the ballad in 1953 when he was 18-years-old.

He wanted to find out what his voice sounded like on record and paid $4 for the session to record My Happiness and That's When Your Heartaches Begin onto acetate.

Presley was said to have made the recording partly as a present for his mother.

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Image caption Bidding for the record started at $50,000

But the family did not have a record player, so he took it to his friend Ed Leek's house to listen to the results of the session and left it there.

Mr Leek kept the record in a safe for 60 years and after he and his wife died their niece Lorisa Hilburn inherited it.

Ms Hilburn from Florida was surprised but "very happy" with how much the record sold for.

"There was adrenaline beforehand ... but when it was over, I was numb,'' she said. "It was surreal."

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Image caption Priscilla Presley cut an eight-tiered birthday cake in front of fans at Graceland to celebrate what would have been Elvis' 80th birthday
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Image caption Among events held around the world to mark Presley's 80th birthday was the Elvis Festival in Sydney

She plans to use some of the money to put her sons through college.

Other items in the auction included Presley's first driving licence, scarves worn by Presley at concerts and gold necklaces with the initials TCB - short for the slogan Taking Care of Business.

Before the auction Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley hosted a cake-cutting ceremony to mark what would have been Presley's 80th birthday.

Fans around the world have also taken part in birthday events, including a five day festival in Sydney, Australia.

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