A RARE early recording made by a world-renowned singer-songwriter has sold for £8,000 at an auction in Essex.

The Spinning Man demo CD made by Ed Sheeran was sold at Stacey's Auctioneers, in Rayleigh, for £8,000 at hammerless buyers commission.  

The 14-track demo was recorded by the star was recorded in late 2004 and early 2005, when he was aged 13.

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The auctioneers said there were only 21 copies made, with the singer buying back 19 of them.

The outer booklet features photographs of a very young Ed playing his Dean Performer E Acoustic Guitar.Braintree and Witham Times: Unheard - The Spinning Man by Ed Sheeran Unheard - The Spinning Man by Ed Sheeran (Image: Stacey's Rock, Pop and Guitars sale)

In a paper insert included with the rare recording, the singer said: "Songwriting and playing the guitar is like a direct line to my thoughts and feelings.

"This is the first collection of tracks I’ve done and I am looking forward to playing them live in concert."

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The Spinning Man was sold to an undisclosed internet bidder, who requested to stay anonymous. 

David MacGregor, who manages Rock and Pop memorabilia, said: "The CD was sold to a private collector with links to the music business.

"We do not think it was acquired by Ed himself or one of his representatives"