Rare Elvis Presley vinyl goes up for auction

The rare Elvis record goes up for auction in Dudley today Credit: Stephanie Pilick/DPA/Press Association Images

A rare Elvis Presley vinyl record, one that most fans didn't even know existed, is going under than hammer in the Black Country.

The record was made for WHBQ radio station in Tennessee in the USA, and those at Aston's Auctioneers in Dudley estimate that it will sell for around £12,000, although the eventual figure could be much higher.

Not only is the 78rpm record a piece of Elvis history, it also has its own quirky back story.

It belonged to Julie Wall, a North Kesteven council employee from Lincolnshire who stole almost £600,000 by emptying money from car park machines over decades.

She then spent plenty of this on Elvis memorabilia, including this rare record, as well as film posters and cinema lobby cards.

Wall was jailed for three years in 2005, but her bizarre story was depicted in ITV's film 'Caught in a Trap' in 2008, with Connie Fisher starring as the crooked councillor.

The Elvis hoard was confiscated by the CPS, and auctioned off in 2007, to repay the councillor.

Many of those items were bought by a collector in the Black Country, and today, the rare record, along with other items, is being sold again.

But why is it so rare?

Well, the A-side of the acetate is a recording of Elvis singing 'Suspicion', at least three years before it was released as a single.

The B-side is a promoted jingle for Ray Charles' concert at Ellis Auditorium in 1961 - significant because it was the very first mixed-race gig in Memphis.

It is a fascinating insight into what radio stations did, and how they did them. It is incredible. I have never seen a WHBQ acetate and I don't know if any other exists. Arguably, one of the most fanatical and controversial Elvis Presley collections of all time is going under the hammer. Elvis is in the building.

Steve Kennedy, Film poster specialist