Rare 19th century music recording up for auctionUPDATED 1:24 PM HST Nov 21, 2013Video Transcript
SOME UNIQUE PIECES OF HISTORY ARE ON DISPLAY AND UP FOR SALE IN YORK COUNTY THIS WEEKEND. A BIDDEFORD AUCTION HOUSE IS SELLING SOME OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN RECORDINGS OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOCAL GROUP. W-M-T-W NEWS EIGHT'S PAUL MERRILL TELLS US ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER ITEMS GOING UP ON THE AUCTION BLOCK. -MUSIC NATS- THEY ARE VOICES FROM MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO AND THEY'VE BEEN PRESERVED IN THE GROOVES ON THIS DELICATE WAX CYLINDER. THE PERFORMANCE GROUP WAS CALLED "THE UNIQUE QUARTET" AN APPROPRIATE NAME CONSIDERING WHAT'S ON THESE EDISON CYLINDERS. "This one here is the only known recording in existence, so this is unique. This is one of a kind. There are actually two of these: one in the Library of Congress and the other one's right here." DAVE PORRAZZO FROM THE SACO RIVER AUCTION COMPANY EXPECTS EACH RECORDING TO FETCH ANYWHERE FROM FIVE TO FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS AT AUCTION THIS SATURDAY. THE SONGS ARE SOME OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN RECORDINGS BY AN ALL AFRICAN- AMERICAN VOCAL GROUP. ONE IS FROM AROUND THE TURN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY; THE OTHER IS FROM 18-93. CENTURY; THE OTHER IS FROM 18-93. "Now, one of these caps is not even the original cap, but that doesn't detract from its value. The important thing here is that these have been so well preserved for so long." "The bacteria from your hands would cause a mold which would ruin the cylinder and very rare to have these last this long." SOMETHING THAT'S LASTED EVEN LONGER: THIS WHITE DRESS SHIRT WORN BY GENERAL GEORGE CUSTER. THE SIGNATURE READS "CAPTAIN G.A. CUSTER." THE AUCTION HOUSE SENT IT TO A MONTANA MUSEUM TO FIND OUT IF IT'S THE REAL THING. "It is authentic. It is his signature. In fact, his regular rank was a captain. In battle, he became a general." IT'S AN ITEM THAT WILL AMAZE ANY HISTORY BUFF. "My hair's standing up. I'm really, really excited." THE SHIRT IS STILL PRETTY WHITE BUT YOU CAN SEE WEAR MARKS. "General Custer's sweat." "Correct." NO ONE KNOWS WHEN CUSTER WORE THE SHIRT. "It's pretty clear it wasn't the last shirt he wore." "No, it wasn't." PORRAZZO PUTS THIS ITEM BETWEEN FIVE AND THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS AT SATURDAY'S AUCTION. THE BIDDING STARTS AT ONE P-M FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO OWN SOME OF THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF OUR NATION'S HISTORY. IN BIDDEFORD, PAUL MERRILL, W-M-T- W NEWS EIGHT.