Jack White was secret $300k Elvis auction winner
He bought King’s 1953 debut disc - and he’ll release it on Record Store Day
Jack White has revealed he was the secret bidder who paid $300,000 for Elvis Presley’s first-ever vinyl disc.
And he’s going to release the King’s recordings of My Happiness and_ That’s When Your Heartaches Begin_ on Record Store Day.
The new edition will be launched on April 18 via White’s Third Man Records. Billboard reports: “When the first vinyl Elvis ever cut –featuring covers of 1930s ballads – hit the auction block, the 1953 wax was expected to net about $100,000.
“In January 2015 it was announced that an unknown bidder won with a staggering $300,000 bid. Turns out that was White.”
When the disc was presented to him, White told his employees: ‘On Record Store Day, Third Man Records will issue this on vinyl.’”
Billboard also reveal that White’s office at the record label is dominated by a portrait of Delta bluesman Charlie Patton.
Artists including Metallica, Robert Plant and Mastodon have unveiled their own limited RSD releases.