Classic Collectibles: The Most Valuable Vintage Vinyl Records


One of Melbourne’s oldest record stores, Greville records | Source: Concrete Playground

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 less widely produced and used and are considered more of a classic collectible. Here’s a look at some of the most valuable collectible vinyl records.

The Beatles – The white album, 1968

It’s no secret that anything in the Fab Four is coveted by music fans. The very first pressing of the Beatles’ beloved ninth album is basically the holy grail of band collectibles. Originally owned by drummer Ringo Starr, the vinyl record, serial number ‘0000001’, sold at auction in 2015 for over A$1 million.

The Quarryman – It will be the day/Despite all the dangers, 1958

The first song recorded by the Quarrymen, featuring three of original Beatles members John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was Despite all the dangers in 1958. A single copy made 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 everything to do with the “King of Rock and Roll” is of interest to collectors. In January 2015, the first test pressing of Presley’s My happiness was sold to White Stripes singer and vinyl collector Jack White for over A$416,000.

Source: The Journal of Musical Things

The Beatles – sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967

Signed by all four Beatles, an original pressing from the band’s eighth studio album and a rarefied mono version with black label Parlophone, sold for over AU$400,000 at auction in 2013. The LP grossed nearly ten times the original estimate of around $40,000, breaking the record for a copy of their 1967 album.

Source: Vinyl Reviews

John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Dual Fantasy, 1980

Released in 1980, an incredibly rare version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Grammy-winning album Dual Fantasy was autographed by Lennon just hours before his December 8 murder. This copy sold in 1999 for more than 208,000 Australian dollars and is probably the last record ever signed by the singer of the Beatles.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy signed
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Frank Wilson – Do I love you (indeed I love you), 1965

American soul singer Frank Wilson’s debut album has probably become the world’s most valuable Motown record of 2020. According to the Harborough Mail in the UK, one of two known copies of this Northern soul classic has been released. is sold for more than 187,000 Australian dollars.

Frank Wilson
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Apex twin – caustic window, 1996

Techno producer Richard D. James originally planned a 1996 release of his self-titled album under the pseudonym caustic window. The project was ultimately scrapped with only five test presses ever created. In 2014, one of the originals surfaced on eBay and sold to “Minecraft” creator Markus Persson for over AU$64,000.

aphex twin
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prince- The black album, 1987

Originally slated for release in 1987 as an untitled album, Prince canceled the release of “Black Album” a week before paying the label to recall all records. A few promotional copies had escaped the label’s grasp before, with an original unopened US vinyl pressing selling in 2018 for over A$58,700.

Black Prince Album
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