Classic collectibles: the most valuable vintage vinyl records
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For many decades, a vinyl record has been the best way to listen to your favorite music through the gramophone – the first vinyl record player. Nowadays, however, thanks to the convenience of music streaming services, vinyl records are produced and used less and are considered more of a classic to collect. Here’s a look at some of the most valuable collectable vinyl records.
The Beatles – The white album, 1968
It’s no secret that everything that comes from the fab oven is coveted by music fans. The very first pressing of the Beatles’ beloved ninth album is essentially the holy grail of the band’s collectibles. Originally owned by drummer Ringo Starr, the vinyl record with the serial number “0000001” sold at auction in 2015 for over A $ 1 million.
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The Quarrymen – This will be the day/Despite all the dangers, 1958
The first song recorded by the Quarrymen, composed of three of the original Beatles members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was Despite all the dangers in 1958. A single copy of the song is currently owned by Paul McCartney with Record collector magazine listing the guide price at over A $ 374,000 in a December 2012 issue.
Elvis Presley – My happiness, 1958
Almost anything to do with the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ is of interest to collectors. In January 2015, Presley’s first press test My happiness was sold to White Stripes singer and vinyl collector Jack White for over AU $ 416,000.
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Group, 1967
Signed by the Four Beatles, an original pressing of the group’s eighth studio album and rarefied mono version with black label Parlophone, sold for over A $ 400,000 at an auction in 2013. The LP reached nearly ten times the original estimate of around $ 40,000, breaking the record for a copy of their 1967 album.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy, 1980
Released in 1980, an incredibly rare version of the Grammy-winning album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono Double Fantasy was autographed by Lennon just hours before his murder on December 8. This copy sold in 1999 for over 208,000 Australian dollars and is probably the last record ever signed by the singer of the Beatles.
Frank Wilson – Do i love you (indeed i love you), 1965
American soul singer Frank Wilson’s debut album probably became the world’s most valuable Motown record of 2020. According to the Harborough Mail in the UK, one of two known copies of this Soul of the North classic sold for over $ 187,000 A.
Aphex twin – Caustic window, 1996
Techno producer Richard D. James had originally planned a 1996 release of his self-titled album under the pseudonym Caustic window. The project was ultimately scrapped with only five press tests ever created. In 2014, one of the originals appeared on eBay, sold to “Minecraft” creator Markus Persson for over AU $ 64,000.
Prince – The black album, 1987
Originally slated for release in 1987 as an untitled album, Prince canceled the release of the album named after “Black album” a week before paying the label to recall all the records. However, a few promotional copies were already out of the label’s reach, with an original, unopened American vinyl pressing selling in 2018 for over A $ 58,700.