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The King's record player sells at auction

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

  • Jim Jenkin, with the record player given by Elvis Presley to his wife, Ellen Marschhäuser.

  • Right, the Liverpool Spring Cup, which sold for £6,200 at auction.

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A RECORD player owned by Elvis Presley during his Army service in Germany has sold for £4,400 at a Penzance auction house.

The record player was given by 'The King' to German woman Ellen Marschhäuser, who helped Elvis's father, Vernon, with some German translation.

She later married an Englishman, Jim Jenkin, and the record player lay in his attic for decades until a picture in a national newspaper of Elvis Presley with an identical record player jogged Mr Jenkin's memory.

The sale, at David Lay's Penzance Auction Rooms last week saw a Danish bidder on the internet secure the record player against some strong opposition from other bidders.

Mimi Connell-Lay, from David Lay's, said: "Obviously the record player caused the most excitement and the sale made headline news all around the world, particularly in India."

However the item which fetched the highest price was the massive Liverpool Spring Cup, a tour-de-force of Edwardian silversmithing, which was presented in 1903 to 'Fighting Furley' a highly successful racehorse of the time.

The cup made £6,200, going to a bidder in the room, despite a famous racecourse also bidding strongly for it.

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