Jack White behind Elvis $300,000 record sale

It has been revealed that Jack White, former lead singer of seminal garage rock revivalists the White Stripes, was the buyer behind the $300,000 sale of Elvis Presley's first acetate recording.

The sale took place in January at Graceland, with the record becoming the most valuable ever sold.

Elvis My Happiness
Elvis recorded the acetate in 1953

It was produced in 1953 at Sun Records in Memphis as a gift for Elvis' mother. However, his family didn't own a record player so he took it to a friend's house and ended up leaving it there.

White plans to release the record, which features the songs My Happiness and That's When Your Heartaches Begin, on Record Store Day (April 18).

All was revealed by Billboard editor Joe Levy, who had arranged to meet with White at Memphis.

He was instead met by a man in black, who handed him a suitcase and whisked him off to Nashville. The publication explained: "That mysterious black suitcase Levy got in Memphis actually contained the sought-after Elvis 10-inch.

"Upon arriving at the Third Man office [White's record label] in Nashville, he presented it to White."

White reportedly announced: "This, is the first recording ever made by Elvis Presley. On Record Store Day, Third Man Records will issue this on vinyl."

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