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April 19, 2016  -  By Tom Bedford for the Mirror  /  Elvis Express Radio
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The piano, which the singer bought for under $300, is described as a 'unique piece of rock and roll history' which 'still plays beautifully today'.

Elvis Presley’s first piano which he bought for under $300 is expected to fetch $300,000 at auction.

Self-taught pianist Elvis bought the instrument on hire purchase when he was 20 paying $50 up front and the rest over 11 months.

It was kept in Graceland but he later gave it to his cook Christine Strickland.

Elvis fans and collectors will be bidding for the piano when it goes under the hammer in Los Angeles next month.

A spokesman for auctioneers Julien’s said: “Elvis leaned the piano when he was young but this was the first one he ever purchased. “It’s a unique piece of rock and roll history and
it still plays beautifully today.”

Original paperwork shows Elvis bought the piano for $281.75 from O.K. Houck Piano Company Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, on September 30, 1955.

The piano made by Stroud in 1911 comes with the original bench Elvis sat on while playing.
The piano and bench were purchased by Presley aged 20 in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1955