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5 Of The Most Expensive Vinyl Records In The World

If you grew up before CD’s, cassette tapes and mp3 downloads, you may have a few vinyl records from the good old days. Introduced as early as the 1940s, there is still a market for old vinyl records today and many people collect them. Unsurprisingly, rare records and releases in good condition can fetch a very high price, especially for huge bands/artists such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley and others. Below, we’ve listed some of the most expensive and valuable records ever sold!

Frank Wilson - Do I Love You? (1965)


The Motown release from American soul singer Frank Wilson was set to be about for 250 demo 45s in December 1965, however for various reasons all but 2-5 copies were destroyed (it’s still unknown exactly how many made it to the public). This has obviously made having one of these copies extreme valuable. One is rumoured to be owned by one of the Motown higher-ups at the time and another was reportedly sold for around 25,000 pounds in 2009. Since 1965, it has been released in various other forms.


Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)


Bob Dylan’s second album, which includes one of his most iconic tracks ‘Blowing in the Wind’, had a last-minute change to the tracklisting, omitting 4 of the existing songs and replacing them with newly recorded ones (these were recorded after the album was completed). This included an alternative artwork as well. But for whatever reason, copies with the original artwork and original track listing were released, perhaps 20 or less.

Being arguably one of the most important albums of the 20th century, it’s no wonder than the rare version is worth so much today. In fact, some say it is the rarest album in the world. One copy sold for $US35,000.


The Beatles - Yesterday and Today (1966)


This is an album that when sold in mint condition, usually fetches a high price. The highest reported dollar figure is US$38,800 in 1996 for a copy of what is known as the Butcher cover version. This cover art features the band wearing white clothes and with parts of baby dolls and pieces of meat. The album was released in the US with this artwork originally but recalled after a day due to it nobody liking it.

The Quarrymen - That’ll be the Day/In Spite of the Danger
 

Before they formed The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison played with two other as The Quarrymen. There is just one copy of the original demo, which was recorded in 1958 and it is part of McCartney’s personal collection. If it were to be sold it is expected to fetch upwards of 200,000 pounds. There was however a small number of releases in 1981, which apparently went to Sir Paul friends rather than sold to the public. Even these go for around 20,000 pounds or so.


John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy (1980)


While a standard copy of this album doesn’t fetch a huge amount, one in particularly sold for an astounding $US400,000 in 1999. The reason it was so expensive is the fact that it was used in the court case against Mark Chapman, the man who shot and killed John Lennon. Chapman apparently had Lennon sign the album outside his building on the day that the shooting took place. It also has Chapman’s fingerprints all over it.

As you’ve learned, expensive vinyl records usually have an interesting story behind them! Here we’ve touched on just a handful but there are records being broken every year so don’t expect this list to stay the same. This just goes to show that taking care of your old albums can be well worth it - for more information on vinyl record maintenance in Melbourne contact Cineclair Productions. 

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