The 12 most expensive vinyl records of all time

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Did you know that some vinyl records are more expensive than a house?

What makes a vinyl record so expensive? It’s not just about the quality of the music, but more about its rarity. Vinyl records that have a limited number of production units can be worth a fortune and depending on their uniqueness, the value may continue to increase. Details such as a serial number, a handwritten note or an unusual cover art can have a strong influence on the final price of the record.

Here are some of the rarest and most expensive vinyl records of all time. You could make a fortune if you own these vinyl records.

1. Once Upon a Time in Shaolin by Wu-Tang Clan: $ 2 million

This disc is accompanied by a contract which specifies that the purchaser cannot exploit it commercially for 100 years. However, the owner can release the disc for free if they wish. What makes this record so valuable is the fact that only one copy has been produced. Paddle8, an online auction house, auctioned off the album in 2015 and it was stored in a hotel basement in Morocco. Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, bought the record for $ 2 million.

2. The Beatles White Album: $ 790,000

Beatles White Album

For years, it was known that Beatles drummer Ringo Starr owned the first edition of the Beatles white album from the year 1968 since the records were stamped with category numbers in sequence. The personal copy of the drummer has the serial number ‘0000001’. He kept it in a pristine basement for over 35 years. Starr eventually sold his copy at auction for $ 790,000 in 2015. The identity of the buyer is not known.

3. My Elvis Presley Happiness: $ 300,000

My Elvis Presley Happiness

This record is the third most expensive record ever sold. It includes two tracks, “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin and“ My Happiness, ”and this is Elvis Presley’s very first recording. Jack White, an American songwriter and singer, bought the pressing test at auction in 2015. The talented musician reportedly paid $ 300,000 for the record and later released a copy of the song for Record Store Day.

4. The sergeant. Beatles Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: $ 290,000

Sgt.  Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

An American man bought this signed record for $ 290,500 in 2013. It was released in 1967 and is the 8th album by The Beatles. The record spent 15 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Top LPs in America and 27 weeks at No.1 on the Record Retailer in the UK.

5. Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono: $ 150,000

Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

This record was autographed by John Lennon himself just hours before he was killed by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. And it sold in 1999 for $ 150,000, making it the one of the most expensive vinyl records ever sold!

6. Yesterday and Today by The Beatles: $ 125,000

Yesterday and today by the Beatles

Yesterday and today auctioned for $ 125,000 in February 2016. We remember mainly the controversy surrounding his first cover photo. Dubbed the Butcher’s Blanket, the blanket shows Ringo, George, Paul and John covered in doll parts and raw meat. People didn’t like it well, so it was quickly replaced with a decent album art.

7. Beatles Till There Was You: £ 77,500 ($ 106,550.80)

Beatles Till There Was You

Hello Little Girl and Till There Was You 10 inch acetate is said to be the “holy grail” for Beatles record collectors. This 78 rpm record bears the handwriting of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and was the first record to be burned before the Beatles entered the national charts. Les Maguire, a former keyboard player for Gerry and the Pacemakers, discovered a copy in his attic and sold it to an anonymous buyer for £ 77,500 ($ 10,650.80) in Warrington in 2016.

8. Caustic window by Aphex Twin: $ 46,300

Caustic Window by Aphex Twin

Richard David James, known as Aphex Twin, released Caustic Window in 1996. Markus Notch Persson, a Swedish video game designer and creator of the Minecraft video game, acquired the pressing test when it was released on eBay in 2014 The inventor of Minecraft has paid. $ 46,300 for the record.

9. Tommy Johnson’s Alcohol and Jake Blues: $ 37,100

Alcohol and Jake Blues by Tommy Johnson

Paramount Records, an American label, released Tommy Johnson’s album “Alcohol and Jake Blues” in 1930. Johnson was an American musician and songwriter who was popular for his skills as a guitarist and for singing in a falsetto voice unusual. However, all master tapes were destroyed when Paramount Records closed 5 years later. This means that the record is very rare. In fact, the 78rpm blues record is such a rare find that someone paid $ 37,000 for the album in 2013. John Tefteller, an American record store, bought the record because it was in much better shape. state that the disk. he had already done it.

10. Do I Love You (Indeed) by Frank Wilson: £ 25,742 ($ 35,412)

Do I Love You (Indeed I Love You) by Frank Wilson

American singer Frank Wilson released the song Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) in 1965. It is the singer’s only Motown single and is a treasured item among hoarders.

Only 250 demo copies of this song were pressed. Out of 250 copies, only 5 are said to be in circulation. Motown founder Berry Gordy destroyed the rest of the demos. Gordy was rumored to be upset with the prospect of one of his top producers launching a recording career and ordered the copies destroyed. The Motown founder is believed to own one of the copies and another that auctioned off to a mysterious buyer for $ 37,000 in May 2009.

11. The Pink Floyd Lucy Leave and I’m a King Bee: $ 30,000

Pink Floyd Lucies go and I'm a bee king

While the record says “The Pink Floyd,” both of its tracks were actually recorded around the time the band was known as The Tea Set. Slim Harpo, an American blues musician, wrote the song I’m a King Bee. And Syd Barrett, an English musician, singer and songwriter, wrote the song “Lucy Leave.” About a hundred copies were pressed. The English rock group was founded by Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Roger Waters, Bob Klose and Barrett. This record is valued at around $ 30,000.

12. Careers – Despite all the danger / It will be the day: $ 13,000 to $ 260,000

Quarrymen - Despite all dangers / It will be the day

John Lennon formed a British rock group called the Quarrymen in Liverpool in 1956. And he became The Beatles in 1960. The English group consisted of George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. They recorded two songs on this disc. Initially, there was only one copy of the recordings, until McCartney bought it and released 50 copies of the single. He gave these records to friends and relatives for Christmas. These vinyl records have sold for hundreds and thousands of dollars since 1981.


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