These days, it is possible to hear your favorite song or even album with one click. A couple of decades ago, this was not the case. The best way to listen to music was to buy or rent a vinyl record in the past. Fortunately, younger people today still have an appreciation for these vintage objects. Its sales have seen an increase thanks to the interest displayed by the younger folk. In general, you can get more money for your record if it is rarer. With that said, it might be a good time to check out your garage! You should keep an eye on these because you might have a fortune hiding among your junk!
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)
Led Zeppelin had a great year in 1969. That was the year that they debuted a mix of blues covers and original material. Nowadays, it is not a reach to describe the record as ‘iconic.’ In the past, however, it got called ‘as foppish as Rod Stewart, but nowhere near so exciting.’ Rolling Stone might have hated this record, but it was a commercial hit immediately. In 2013, Rolling Stone called it the 29th greatest album in history. You could get $1000 for this record!
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (1959)
Jazz fans will know that Miles Davis revolutionized the genre of jazz many times over the course of his career. However, his 1959 album called ‘Kind of Blue’ is his most valuable record to date. To make it, the greatest trumpeter of all time collaborated with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. If you ask critics, there is a good chance that they will tell you that it is his most important record. If you have an original pressing of the record, you can get as much as $1000 for it.
The Who, The Who Sell Out (1967)
This must be one of the rarest albums in history. The Who only had 1,000 copies of it made, after all. Do you want to know how much this album will fetch you with the psychedelic butterfly poster? Should you be lucky enough to have the album, it can be sold on eBay for as much as $1,100!
Nirvana, Bleach (1989)
‘Nevermind’ might have had all the hit songs, but your bank account will be more thankful if you own the ‘Bleach’ record instead. They made a thousand copies of this record, each one selling for $2,500. It is interesting to note that the first thousand copies came in white. The 3rd pressing, with a blue 7” vinyl and red and white 12”, only had 500 copies. You could sell these records for $1,100 each.
XTC — Science Friction (1977)
XTC was part of the British new wave subgenre that became big back in the ‘70s. This record had a 12-inch copy that they turned into a 7-inch copy. If you ever find a copy of the smaller ones, you might have $2000 waiting for you. However, you would need a lot of luck since they only made 50 copies of that.
David Bowie — The Prettiest Star (1973)
This record must be one of the most famous images in all of rock and roll history. On top of that, it had The Prettiest Star, one of his most famous songs. Did you know that the song is dedicated to Angela Barnett, who became his wife at one point? He even performed it for her over the phone. Mark Bolan, his future rival, played guitar on this record. You can fetch $2,000 for a copy of this!
ABBA — Hova’s Vittne (1981)
The band distributed the red vinyl exclusively to people within the record company. Just 200 copies of these got pressed. The rare record has “Hova’s Vittne” on side-A and then “Tivedshambo” on side-B. The Swedish band was among the most commercially big musical groups in history. Did you know that the band was made up of two couples? Sadly, their marriages did not stand the pressure of success and fame. If your copy of this record survived over time, you could get $3,500 for it.
The Quarrymen — That’ll Be the Day (1981)
True music fans will know that the Quarrymen has an interesting history with the Beatles. In 1958, “That’ll Be The Day” was pressed. Its cover of a Buddy Holly song was a huge hit. However, one of the Beatles decided to revive it again. Paul McCartney reprinted the single and only had 50 copies made. You can make $3,500 for a copy of the polished edition.
Cherry Five — Cherry Five (1975)
Horror movie fans will know that this band was behind some great songs in movies such as Deep Red, Suspiria, and Dawn of the Dead. However, you should be more interested in the first release. After all, this one is sporadic. Should luck be on your side, you can sell a copy of the self-titled record for $3,500.
David Bowie, Diamond Dogs (1974)
David Bowie always did have a penchant for shocking everyone. In 1974, he did the same thing with his famous cover for his album called Diamond Dogs. The version was not meant to get out. The backside of this album came with a problem, which was showing the intimate parts of dogs. At any rate, it did get a release. You can expect to get around $3,550 for it!
The Beatles — Abbey Road (1969)
This sporadic record of the classic album can get you as much as $4,000. There is a particular way to know if it is a rare UK exported copy. First, there is a yellow and black Parlophone Records label. Next, the catalog number should be PPCS 7088. You will also get more for the copy if it has the gold sticker on the back. In the beginning, the famous 11th studio album of The Beatles got mixed reviews. However, it is now celebrated as one of the most important rock records made.
Elvis Presley, That’s All Right (1954)
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll recorded That’s All Right as they took a break from a day of recording. He simply began to jam to “That’s All Right, Mama” by Arthur Crudup. Sam Phillips was interested when he heard it. He pressed record and put “Blue Moon of Kentucky” on the B-side. The rest, as they say, is history. A lot of people even claim that it is the first true rock ‘n’ roll record. Do you have this one in mint condition? If this is the case, you can fetch about $4,000 for it.
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators — Reverberation (Doubt) (1966)
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators was a very influential band back in the ’60s. On top of that, they helped develop the psychedelic rock genre. Even though they had a significant impact on music, the band did not stick together for a long time. Among other things, their guitarist had to deal with paranoid schizophrenia. A copy of this album is going to fetch you as much as $4,000.
The Beatles, Please Please Me (1963)
It is not a secret that the Beatles were hard workers. Did you know that the Fab Four had to record 7 songs in a single day to release Please Please Me? They finished it in a span of 9 hours and 45 minutes. With a mono version of this album, you can make about $4,200. However, if you are lucky enough to own the stereo version, you can fetch an even higher price.
Depeche Mode, Music for the Masses
The cover makes Music for the Masses worth $4,600. You will know that you have the original UK version of this album if it comes with a graphic of a white speaker with sound waves emanating from this. It should also have a bright orange background. During the ‘90s, the label decided to rerelease it and shipped out many old records as a mistake. Those copies are scarce!
Misfits, Legacy of Brutality (1985)
Legacy of Brutality must be one of the rarest records in existence. This is because they only released 16 copies of this album. This is the last album to come with Glen Danzig’s work, the singer of the band. The album was produced after he already left the band. Of course, it led to a huge legal battle that went on for months. You can be $5,000 richer if you have this copy and plan to sell it!
Elvis Presley — Speedway (1968)
There was a time in his career when Elvis Presley started to dip his toes into acting. Even though the movie was not well-received by critics, everyone agreed that Speedway music was great. If the rumors are right, they only made 300 copies of the album. You can sell a copy for $5,000!
Brute Force — King of Fuh (1969)
This single barely saw the light of day, thanks to the obscenity in its lyrics. After major supporters did not like it, they chose to soften the songs instead. The record got out after that. It is interesting to hear that they released the record in 2010, nearly half a century after recording. Only a thousand copies of this album got released. It is possible to get $5,000 for a copy of this!
Elton John — I’ve Been Loving You (1968)
Elton John had been working with Bernie Taupin. His friend even got credit for pushing the singer forward multiple times. Years after the release of this album, John confessed that he wrote the songs on his own. The ‘I’ve Been Loving You’ single is rare, but you can get more copy for the even rarer copy released in Portugal. With the right collector, you might be in for a cool $5,000.
Bruce Springsteen, Spirit in the Night (1973)
This is a scarce single. Promotional copies are sold for hundreds of bucks, but the original record can be worth as much as $5,000. You should start digging around if you believe that you own this record. The single did not meet a lot of success, and it was only ‘Born to Ride,’ his third album, that became a commercial hit. These days, crowds still adore ‘Spirit in the Night.’
Century Symphony Orchestra, Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr. (1956)
Mind you. Classical music will probably live on forever. Record companies usually hire unknown artists to make the album covers for their records. The album is special since the artist went on to be a big star. The person who designed this album cover was none other than Andy Warhol! They have only found 7 copies of the record. One is at the Andy Warhol Museum, while the other one went for $5,500 in 2012.
Max Steiner, The Caine Mutiny
This was a record that was half dialogue and half soundtrack. It initially got scrapped when the writer of the novel, Herman Wouk, threatened to stop letting the studio use his work again if they released the album. He was furious when he saw that they were lifted verbatim from the novel. This was why he and Columbia agreed to stop the release and destroy all the copies they made. However, several employees did save a couple of copies. In 2007, one copy even went for $6,700.
Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen (1977)
They only made 25,000 copies when they pressed this record. However, it is believed that only ten of them survived when A&M had them destroyed. The Sex Pistols did not like the label and practically terrorized them. Rumors say that John Rotten threatened and cursed at the execs. Meanwhile, Sid Vicious allegedly ruined the toilet at the label HQ. Of course, A&M did not like it and ordered the destruction of the albums. A bunch of them were saved anyway. Some have sold for more than $8,600.
U2, Pride (In The Name Of Love) (1984)
Rumor has it that the single got released with only 50 records, so you can imagine how rare it is. The song was a big hit and even got listed by Rolling Stone as the 388th greatest song ever made. Bono disagrees, however. Even to this day, Bono is not satisfied with the way that this song turned out. It references the civil rights movement and the Martin Luther King assassination. The particular single is worth as much as $9,000.
Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Xanadu (1980)
Many people will agree if you say that Xanadu is one of the worst movies in film history. Despite this, the album is a different story. Rumors claim that Olivia Newton-John did not like how she looked on the cover, which made the company halt the pressing. This was supposedly the reason that only 20 to 30 copies survived. The record is worth $9,100 if your copy has one with Olivia’s face.
Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1568 (1957)
Jazz fans must be aware of just how much of an impact Hank Mobley had on jazz in the ‘50s. He was such a big star that urban legend says that the record label ran out of labels when they printed the record. Blue Note has the standard label on the album, but its address says “47 West 63rd NYC.” However, other versions say “47 West 63rd New York 23” instead. They are both worth $11,162!
Robert Johnson, Me and the Devil Blues (1938)
On side A of the record, you will find ‘Me and the Devil Blues.’ On the side, B would be ‘Little Queen of Spades.’ This record can grant you a huge sum of money. The song ‘Me and the Devil Blues’ talks about a singer who sold his soul to Satan to master the guitar. A lot of people believe that this was Johnson talking about his own personal experience with the devil.
The White Stripes, Lafayette Blues (1998)
Did you know that they only pressed 15 copies of Lafayette Blues? What makes it so special is that all the covers were hand-painted by Dave Buick, the founder of Italy records. The copies were made for the band’s Detroit album release show in 1998. If you went to the show and paid $6 for it, you can now sell it for around $12,700.
Stonewall, Stonewall (1976)
There is no doubt that Stonewall is among the most important psychedelic rock bands out there. However, they did not sign to a record label, which might be why you did not hear about them. Still, they are a vital band. They only have one release, but it was not done with their permission. If you happen to own one of them, you might be in for $14,000.
Röyksopp, Melody A.M. (2001)
This album was a critical and commercial success. Röyksopp is a Norwegian electronic duo that made it big in the United States. They have a song called ‘Remind Me,’ which was used in a Geico commercial. Released in 2001, Melody A.M. went on to be such a huge hit that they sold more than 1 million copies. Banksy hand-painted a hundred copies of the record. If you own one of them, they are worth $14,204.
The Beatles, Yesterday and Today (1966)
Did you know that the original album cover featured the members wearing butcher’s attire? On top of that, they had raw meat on their laps and baby dolls in their hands. We have no idea why they did this, and the image did not get good reception. Capitol Records actually had to spend $250,000 to buy back the 750,000 records shipped to stores. Of course, it was impossible to retrieve every single one of them. Should you have a copy of this particular version, you can expect to receive $15,000 for it.
The Rolling Stones, Street Fighting Man (1968)
This album also came with a rather controversial cover, which the record label ended up censoring. The cover had a black and white image of cops standing over an injured protestor in the original version. Before they released the album, an infamous riot took place at the Democratic National Convention in 1968. This was why the label did not think the cover would be a good idea and ordered the destruction of these records. Around 18 of them were saved. One got auctioned off for $17,000 in 2011.
The Five Sharps, Stormy Weather (1952)
Here is yet another sporadic record! Thus far, there are only 3 known copies in existence. You must already know those rare ones are valuable. When this album was first released, the sales were so bad that the band members had to buy it on their own. Incredibly, a copy now goes for $20,000.
The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
This record has quite a big influence on punk rock. There was a time when the record nearly got banned! Despite this, it managed to sell 30,000 copies. A record collector from Canada found a copy of the rare record at a flea market. Even though he only paid 75 cents for it, he is now selling it for $25,200.
Frank Wilson, Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
Frank Wilson made recordings of ‘Do I Love You’ and ‘Sweeter As the Days Go By.’ However, not long after this, he agreed with Motown founder Berry Gordy that he was a better fit behind the scenes. Gordy then ordered the destruction of the pressing. Only 2 copies made it out intact. One of them was stored in a Motown vault for years. Meanwhile, the other one was auctioned off for nearly $34,000 in 2009.
Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)
This record has a funny story with it. In the beginning, the plan was to replace a couple of tracks before it was released, but someone did not get the memo. This was why there are several copies with the original listing. If a copy ends with -1A and has “Rocks and Gravel,” “Gamblin’ Willie’s Dead Man’s Hand,” “Let Me Die In My Footsteps,” and “Talkin’ John Birch Blues,” you might be richer by $35,000.
Tommy Johnson, Alcohol And Jake Blues (1930)
Talk about a true diamond in the world of music! In North Carolina, this record was discovered by pure accident. The seller then added it for sale on eBay and was shocked by the reaction. There are 2 known copies in existence, and they both belong to the winning bidder, John Tefteller. He paid $37,000 for it!
Prince, The Black Album
Not long after Prince released ‘The Funk Bible,’ he decided to stop it and paid the record label to retrieve all the records. Apparently, he got the sense that the record was ‘evil.’ However, it did not work since every song got pirated and even aired on the radio. In the end, Prince had another change of heart and released it on CD in 1994. In 2018, an original and unopened American pressing fetched $42,300. Meanwhile, an unsealed Canadian copy went for $27,500.
Aphex Twin AKA Caustic Window, Caustic Window
Aphex Twin used the name Caustic Window to record the eponymous album. However, he opted to abandon it after making only 5 copies. It was a good thing that one of them got out anyway. The record was seen on Discogs in 2017. The starting price was $13,500! In the end, the record was bought by none other than Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, for $46,300.
The Beatles, The Beatles (AKA “The White Album”) (1968)
The album in question here is the first pressing of the 9th album released by the Beatles. This particular copy has “A0000001” for its serial number. Rumors were going on for years that John Lennon had the copy. However, the truth was that Ringo Starr had it! The copy was hidden in a bank vault for 35 years and was sold off for a stunning $790,000 at a charity auction. If you are lucky enough to own a copy with a low serial number, you might be in for $13,750.
Steel City Connection, Dansation/Steel City Disco (1978)
Nowadays, this vinyl can sell for around $885. Compared to the amount someone would be willing to pay for it when released in 1978, that’s a massive paycheck! The songs on this album became huge hits, making sense seeing how much the album is worth today.
Thrillers/Delta Cats, Last Dance/Unworthy Baby (1968)
This album was released by Blue Cat Records back in 1968. Now? It’s being sold for over $1,000 apiece! Delta Cats and Trillers are both UK groups with extensive fan bases. In fact, their fans aren’t just from the UK. They have plenty of international fans as well.
Terea, Terea (1977)
This 1977 album has 8 songs, and it used to sell for the same amount as the average vinyl. However, nowadays, you would have to put up a fight to get your hands on one of these albums. Each one costs about $1,700! This album was the second of the two albums released by the band, and it’s a huge hit, even now!
Nirvana, Love Buzz/Big Cheese (1988)
It’s pretty difficult to find someone who hasn’t even heard of Nirvana. This explains why their music is still popular today and how their albums are worth thousands of dollars. This album can be sold these days for well over $3,000! However, the real challenge is to find it in the first place so you can buy it. This album is scarce.
World’s Experience Orchestra, The Beginning Of A New Birth (1975)
While there are only two songs on this popular soul-jazz album, one is 22 minutes long, and the other one is 14 minutes long. When listening to this album, you’ll experience the greatness of World’s Experience Orchestra’s music. This vinyl can be bought for more than $3,500 today.
Tudor Lodge, Tudor Lodge (1971)
This vinyl is worth nothing short of a fortune nowadays. It has six tracks on each side. If you’re lucky, you’d be able to buy this album from someone for around $3,540. We know that’s a high price tag, but you’d be getting some amazing and classic songs on this album.
The Smiths, Hand In Glove/Handsome Devil (1984)
This album wasn’t released until 1984, but it was recorded in February of 1983 at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England. This vinyl is typically considered to be part of the jangle and British Pop genre. If you want to buy this album today, be prepared to spend as much as $3,500 or more.
Pink Floyd, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)
Pink Floyd is one of those bands that just about everyone had heard of, even though plenty of the younger generations weren’t around to listen to their music when it came out. This album took three months to record at EMI Studios in London and was released in May 1967.
Nicholas Greenwood, Cold Cuts (1972)
This album contains ten songs. Every single one of these songs has gotten positive feedback, with the album being “unpredictable.” The album became an instant hit and earned its place as a classic vinyl. Today, one of these would cost over $3,500.
Charlie Parker, Bird Blows The Blues (1949)
This album has six songs on Track A and another seven on Track B. Well, all 13 of these songs have made their way into people’s hearts. This album is seen as a jazz album with a boppy feel to it. This is something that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people. Now, you can buy this album for about $3,540.
U2, Three (1979)
This is an album that was recorded in August 1979 at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin. It was first released in Ireland just one month later, in September 1979. This vinyl contained three songs, all of which are no longer than four minutes. All the same, U2 fans adored this album. Today you can find this album for around $3,500.
Sun Ra, Supersonic Jazz (1956)
A 12-track album by Sun Ra, Supersonic Jazz, was recorded in 1956 at RCA Studios in Chicago. This was the first album released by Saturn Records – the label that was run by Sun Ra and Alton Abraham. It was one of just three albums by Sun Ra to have been available in the 1950s. It was released on July 12, 1956, and can be bought now for about $4,425.
Madonna, Erotica (1992)
This album is one of the newest ones on the list seeing as it was released in 1992. The 14-track album by Madonna is by no means irrelevant. Madonna is still in the limelight and performing her music. This album is one that’s considered to be a classic. In fact, you can buy it for around $4,425.
Michael Garrick Trio, Moonscape (1964)
This 6-track jazz album was released in 1964 by Airborne. It wasn’t the band’s only album, but it seems to be the most popular one of theirs, even now. If you’re looking to buy the vinyl for this album, you’ll need to shell out about $5,310.
Genesis, The Silent Sun/That’s Me! (1980)
This classic rock album has five songs on Track A and six songs on Track B. However, all 11 of these songs are some of this band’s greatest hits. Genesis has been said to have a few different music styles, including psychedelic rock, art rock, and prog rock. If you want to own this vinyl, you’ll have to pay almost $5,300.
John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy
It’s no secret that a lot of times, one copy of an LP can differ in value significantly from another as a result of some defining feature that makes it rarer. It can be anything from a printing mistake to a signature. In this case, one specific copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy sold for an incredible $150,000 in 1999. Why? Because Lennon himself signed it just hours before his death in 1980. This might be one of the last records Lennon has ever signed.
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (signed by all four Beatles)
If you happen to have an original 1967 pressing of Sgt. Pepper, you’ll be able to get a reasonable price for it at an auction, especially if it’s the mono version with the black Parlophone label. If a record signed by one person can cost much more, just imagine how much this costs when it’s signed by all four of the Beatles! In 2013, a copy of this record sold at an auction for a whopping $290,000! The sellers thought they would sell the vinyl for just $30,000, but they were in for a great surprise.
Elvis Presley: ‘My Happiness’
Elvis Presley’s first-ever recording was sold at an auction in December 2015. In fact, it was bought by none other than Jack White, one of the busiest men in the music industry who also happens to be a huge vintage gear and vinyl collector. He paid a whopping $300,000 for the record.
Wu-Tang Clan: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
This record is by far the most expensive one ever sold. It’s a 2015 Wu-Tang Clan album, and the only copy of it ever produced. The record comes with a contract that states that the buyer cannot sell or make money from the record for 100 years, although the owner can release the album for free if they wanted to. The buyer ended up paying – get this – $2 million for the record. However, the story doesn’t end there. The buyer has since been convicted for securities fraud and sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge. On top of that, the LP was confiscated by the Feds.
Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hill, Original Stack O’Lee Blues 78 rpm in plain sleeve
Joe Bussard is a known record collector who once offered $70,000 for this scarce single by Long Cleve Reed and Little Harvey Hill. This single is only known to have one copy in existence. Often, albums in the 78-rpm category are sought after by collectors thanks to their rarity and since they were the first records to showcase electrical recording technology. The sound was recorded through a microphone, amplified by vacuum tubes, and then cut to vinyl. In the end, this vinyl was bought for $50,000.
Jean-Michel Jarre, Music for Supermarkets
Just one copy of this single was ever pressed. It was made as part of a supermarket-themed art exhibit in Paris back in 1983. This vinyl was sold for $14,000 that year, which amounts to about $33,500 in today’s currency. It turns out that this record was designed to be treated as a work of art, which is why the artist had the master plates destroyed to keep it as a one-of-a-kind release.
Ferris Wheel – Supernatural Girl
In its original sleeve, this vinyl was sold in the plain back and with ‘blakeyburch’ copyright stamp on it for $15,000. It’s notably one of the rarest UK stoner-folk albums of all time. It was recorded back in 1974 and is almost unfound today. One other thing that makes this record rare is that the pocket for the record isn’t on the right side as usual, but on the top side instead.
Darrell Banks – Open The Door To Your Heart / Our Love (Is In The Pocket)
In 2014, there was an online auction in the UK, and many collectors were bidding thousands of pounds to get a copy of this record. It was said that this was the only copy in circulation at the time. Eventually, this record sold for $26,550.
Dark – Dark Round The Edges
This album was originally released in an edition of 64 copies. Most of them were given away to the band’s family and close friends, but some were sold. Nowadays, this record is considered to be one of the most valuable records. In fact, original copies have been sold for as much as $17,700.
Junior McCants – Try Me For Your New Love / She Wrote It I Read It
Junior McCants only recorded four songs throughout his entire career. Unfortunately, he passed away from cancer in 1967, just before his two-sided single was released. He was 24 years old at the time. The record was withdrawn, but a few promotional copies managed to slip out and are now coveted by collectors. Experts say any of the surviving copies can cost between $7,500 to $15,000.
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / I’m In Love With My Car
In addition to etched goblets, an embroidered handkerchief/scarf, a commemorative pin, and a matchbox, only 200 copies were pressed, most of which were distributed. When you own a legitimate copy of the 7 Inch plus merchandise, you’re looking at a sweet payday. No 37 of the single, plus the embroidered handkerchief, was sold for £ 3,300 in August 2013. The complete package, including the original luncheon invite, attracts the top-end prices.
Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of A Mad Man (Unicef)
Here we go with a more limited edition of blue vinyl, but it’s Unicef Blue Vinyl this time. This limited-edition reissue was limited to 50 copies of Ozzy’s second studio album, all individually numbered with a Unicef hologram sticker. No 1 of the first printing of the Unicef Blue Vinyl Diary of A Mad Man was made available at auction in November 2018 and sold for £500. The other 49 owners were determined by prize draws, at which time individuals could enter the draw by buying a £ 5 ticket.
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of The Moon
The 1973 psychedelic masterpiece of Pink Floyd was the band’s first album to feature Roger Waters as the sole lyricist and quickly became the band’s abundant cash cow. The original 1973 pressing on Harvest records, that fun fact aside, is now a valuable collectible vinyl record, regularly loitering around the estimated value mark of a grand if in mint condition. Some have been auctioned for over £2,000/$2,531.
Kate Bush – The Sensual World (Unicef)
The Sensual World was reissued on a limited edition 50-copy run of cyan vinyl, as the Ozzy album featured further up this list, to help raise money for Unicef. At an open Unicef Auction, via Givergy, Number 1 was sold for £ 2,200, and copies 7-49 were entered into an open raffle. The others were sold in sets bundled with Unicef Blue Vinyl, another limited edition.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis – Bold As Love
According to the Rare Record Price Guide, this Hendrix vinyl could be worth up to £ 750 or more, depending on the condition. As always, the amounts vary, with MusicPriceGuide detailing a copy sold at auction for $928 / £835 in November 2015. Another one sold for $1,790 / £1,611 on eBay in 2015. At present, Seymour Kassel Records has one for sale, with the ‘on application’ price. We bet it won’t be cheap, but it’s worth exploring if you’ve got the money and you love Hendrix.
The Beatles – ‘Til There Was You’
A 10″ acetate of an early demo by the Fab Four featuring the songs ‘Til There Was You’ and b-side ‘Hello Little Girl’ (misspelled on the record as ‘Hullo Little Girl’) was discovered languishing in the attic of one Les Maguire, a fellow Liverpudlian who had somehow come into possession of the record during his time as keyboardist for Gerry. It was sold in March 2016 in Warrington to an unnamed buyer.
Frank Wilson – ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’
Only 250 demo copies of this single were ever pressed by American soul singer and producer Frank Wilson. Only about five of those are reported to have survived when Motown boss Berry Gordy destroyed the rest. Although the sale price was confirmed to be £ 25,742, the Leicestershire-based record dealer who organized the sale reported that the buyer wished to remain anonymous.
David Bowie – ‘Hunky Dory’
Before he found success in the 70s, there were many rare LPs recorded by David Bowie. For instance, his 1967 debut, David Bowie, is worth £ 1000 in mono or stereo. In fact, clear-vinyl copies of his final Black Star 2016 LP sell for £ 100 to £ 200. Now, it can be sold for $6,868!
Complex By Complex
With this self-financed debut LP, only 99 copies were pressed, recorded to get more live work and perhaps a record deal. As they made the sleeve too small, most original copies are damaged, splitting the edges when they stuffed the record inside. It’s worth $5,494 now!
Boards Of Canada – ‘—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——’
On Record Store Day, back in 2013, the two Boards Of Canada members snuck into a few record stores and put this single-sided 12-inch into the racks. Only six copies have been pressed, and only four of those have ever surfaced, meaning that somewhere awaiting discovery, there are two at large. It’s worth $1500 nowadays.
George Michael – ‘Older’
The passing of an artist can raise the prices of already rare records when it comes to collectability. The third solo LP, Older by George Michael, sold millions of copies on CD, but there was only a tiny run on vinyl for the whole European market. Copies have changed hands for up to £ 800, and in your own collection, this really is an LP you could stumble upon-people just don’t realize how rare it is.
Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (1969)
Following his untimely death at the age of 27, Nick Drake fits the musician-turned-legend description. Drake’s records are sporadic, with only three albums released by the young artist, and an original pressing of the artist’s debut, Five Leaves Left, can, of course, sell for upwards of £ 1000 depending on its quality.
Chet Atkins My Brother Sings (1959)
In the late 1950s, this album by legendary guitarist Chet Atkins was originally released, but shortly thereafter, the albums were apparently pulled from stores. As one of the rarest LPs in this genre, early versions can sell in the $2,500 to $5,000 range when found in near-mint condition. Keep in mind that it was reissued in 2015 before getting too excited when you find one of these albums at a thrift store. These newer versions of the LP normally sell as used records in the $25 range.
Tom Petty – Wildflowers
Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” album, unopened with two original inner sleeves, sold for around $2,000. It’s selling on eBay for $300 to over $1,100 if you have an opened copy and it’s in mint condition. Its value could be on the rise with Petty’s 2017 untimely passing.
Curtis Fuller – The Opener
In mint condition, the Curtis Fuller “The Opener” vinyl record sold for around $3,100. It will still bring you a little cash on eBay even if you have a copy with minimal flaws; the day we checked, sellers were starting bids at $44.