London: Elvis Presley`s record collection that set him on the path to stardom is set to go under the hammer.
The 26 discs were handed over by Elvis to his friend, manager and first guitarist Scotty Moore in 1968. Now, however Moore has decided to auction the record collection.
The auction is expected to fetch 125,000 pounds.
Some famous hits on the collection include Fats Domino`s Blueberry Hill, Sammy Davis Junior`s Because Of You and Carl Perkins` Matchbox.
"In early January 1968 I got a call from Elvis. We were soon to meet in Nashville to record at RCA`s Studio B. Elvis asked if I could transfer his favourite 78 rpm records to reel-to-reel tape at my studio. I told him yes.
"When we met at the sessions in Nashville, which took place on January 15 and 16, 1968, Elvis brought with him a briefcase with 26 records wrapped in the January 14 edition of the Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal," The Daily Express quoted Moore`s letter that deems the records original.
"Elvis left me the briefcase with the records and asked me to mail the tape to his house in Memphis, which I did. I made a safety copy for myself and kept the records and tape in my studio in Nashville. Elvis never asked for the records to be returned."
The sale will be held at The Fame Bureau in London, on Thursday.
James Wilkinson of the auction house said, "These records really were the birth of rock`n`roll because they influenced Elvis in his very early days.
"He went on to record many of these songs but these were the records he played and listened to and helped influence all that came from him musically.
"It is difficult to estimate what a unique collection like this is worth, but because there are so many Elvis fans around the world we hope there will be huge interest."