Vinyl gold: What are the world's ten most valuable records?
By David Stevenson
The Mirror, UK
23 April 2015
Avid record collectors will happily pay through the nose for the right piece of rare vinyl. But how much is their upper limit and what would they be buying?
Rare Record Price Guide has a list of the ten most valuable vinyl records commercially available. That's stuff you could have bought in Woolworths (remember them?) back in the day.
The big surprise? The top ten most valuable vinyl records are dominated by just two major groups!
The world's ten most valuable records (to 2)
10. £6,000 - Please Please Me by The Beatles: a rare version of the record credits the Dick James Music Company rather than Northern Songs.
9. £7,000 - Anarchy in the UK/No Fun by The Sex Pistols: Promotional acetate and only three are known to exist.
8. £7,500 - God Save the Queen/No Feelings by The Sex Pistols: Briefly made available as the band broke up.
7. £8,000 - The White Album by The Beatles: First pressing of the iconic album.
6. £8,000 - God Save the Queen/No Feelings by the Sex Pistols: Same as above, but including the promotional press release.
5. £10,000 - God Save the Queen/No Feelings by the Sex Pistols: This version released by Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McClaren.
4. £10,000 - That'll Be the Day/In Spite of All the Danger by The Quarrymen: One of the bands John Lennon was in before The Beatles, supported by George Harrison and Paul McCartney. This is a 1981 re-release of a single from 1958.
3. £10,000 - That'll Be the Day/In Spite of All the Danger by The Quarrymen: As above, but the 78rpm version is just as rare, with just 25 in existence.
2. £30,000 - 'Test' by David A. Stewart: An untitled mid-60s recording by David A. Stewart, best-known for his work with Eurythmics. Worth noting he'd have been about 12 years old when he made this.
And Number One?
1. £200,000 - That'll Be the Day/In Spite of All the Danger by The Quarrymen: The original pressing of the single. There's only one in the world and it's owned by Paul McCartney, so good luck getting your hands on that .
But here's the important question:
How much of the top ten features blokes called John?
Who are the artists that make vinyl valuable?
Almost all of them - and that's why you should get your mate John to sing on all your demos.
[Source: Rare Record Price Guide , Daily Mail ]