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Hello Music Lovers, Audiophiles and Fun Fact Friends...I am back with More of the Most Expensive Vinyl Records Ever Sold! Due to the popularity of my last Record Setting Vinyl Video, and in fact, many of your comments, it time for an update. Plus, several new records have been set…as vinyl is hot.
Anyway, for those of you that don't know me, I am Josh Levine, host of Last Week at the Auction & Josh Levine Speaks. And I want to issue this disclaimer...I may be missing a few genres out there, so don’t jump me on the comments, I’ll have more videos coming. I have had several of you reach out to tell me, I am missing out on some Northern Soul, Jazz, classical and more in the last post and video. I hope to hit a few of those for you today. Let me know what you think. And I know there are other auction records or records sale prices out there. I try to avoid the “signed” records as this isn’t an autograph post. But feel free to share your thoughts, finds and scores with me. You've all be so great. I love the passion music evokes.
With today's post I am trying to update you on some new records that have recently been set, a few you all told me I missed and broaden my scope a bit for you serious folks. And the reason I do this and all my video shows is for you. You might just stumble across some of these at a local auction, yard sale, flea market, storage lockers. Etc. And you will be all the wiser. I often say records are the scratch off lottery tickets of the resale world.
So let’s get to it.... here is what I like to call More of the Most Expensive Vinyl Records & LPs Ever Sold…
How about some Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin that is and their first release in 1969. The debut record and original UK pressing, which features the band’s name in turquoise lettering, that is the tell, just sold for $3,918.82 on Dec 13th…. The later pressings have orange letters.
A fun fact about this release was it was kind of panned at the time by Rolling Stone. They called Robert Plant, and I quote “as foppish as Rod Stewart, but nowhere near so exciting.” I had to look up Foppish…
Foppish: concerned with one's clothes and appearance in an affected and excessive way...
Regardless…it was a huge commercial success, and Rolling Stone later ranked it as the 29th greatest album of all time.
And now one for the Jazz Cats…
How about Miles Davis and the record, Kind of Blue released in 1959
Most likely the coolest record on my list today. Some Kind of Blue features not only Davis but John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb and the list goes on and on... Most critics consider it to be his best….and it also happens to be the best-selling jazz album of all time.
Finding an original pressing can almost guarantee a few bucks. One just sold at Auction for $3250 in November. Nice….
Now we get a little grungy…
Nirvana’s Bleach from 1989 is not the household name that Nevermind is…That’s one of course is by far their most popular, however Bleach is their debut record. It’s on the famed indie label Sub Pop and it is the one worth the big bucks. The original pressing of which there were 1000 or so, has sold consistently for $1500 plus online.
And one just sold on eBay for $2,000 in October. Keep your eyes peeled, they are around.
But now for you dancing queens….There’s a rare promo copy of this next one.
It’s ABBAs Hova’s Vittne from 1981. I am sure I would butcher that pronunciation. The single, was only distributed to those within the record company. Only 200 copies were ever pressed and on red vinyl. Being one of the most commercially successful musical group of all time means there are a lot of fans and a lot of demand for their rarities and collectibles….one of these just brought $4347.83 in August.
Next is The Quarrymen and a rare single released in 1981.
Superfans of The Beatles know the original name, the “Quarrymen” and yes, that’s pre Ringo. And the Fab 3 plus 1 recorded The songs “That’ll Be the Day” (a Buddy Holly cover) and “In Spite of All the Danger” (an original) in 1958, but it’s the rare single reprinted by Paul McCartney himself in 1981 that is worth the big money. It’s said that McCartney only had 50 copies produced for friends and family. If you find one of these, it could be worth more than $5000. In fact, one brought $6,097.56 in Sept of 2019.
Okay horror movie freaks will know this one…or at least have heard this bands music.
Next on my list is Cherry Five by Cherry Five released in 1975. Just after releasing this record, the name of the band changed its name to Goblin. These guys did the soundtracks for Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, and Deep Red. Horror Classics.
Just know that The Cherry Five release is considered extremely rare so be on the lookout. One just sold in June for $4,268.29
Next, how about a rare version of a Beatles Classic. Abbey Road released in 1969 can be found in a rare UK export on the yellow and black Parlophone Records label with the catalog number is PPCS 7088.
It’s the one to be on the look out for. This, their 11th studio album and like the Zepplin debut also received mixed reviews, but is now 14th on Rolling Stones list of the “500 Greatest Records of All Time.”
I just saw one bring $6421 US !
Now we get a little trippy….This one is out there….The Thirteenth Floor Elevators — Reverbaration (Doubt) released in 1966 could be a great find should you stumble across one pickin’
THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR ELEVATORS
This early recording of (4) Thirteenth Floor Elevators songs could score you well over $1000. The record features the songs “Reverbaration (Doubt),” “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” “Fire Engine,” and “Tried to Hide.” The Thirteenth Floor Elevators are credited with inventing the psychedelic rock genre. Sadly, their legendary guitarist Roky Erickson suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, which greatly influenced his life and career. It’s most likely why the band’s run was short lived. They only recorded four studio albums.
A copy sold for $1,219.51 in October of 2017 just to give you an idea.
Did you think classical music would be left off of this list? I am trying to broaden my horizons people.
JOHANN STRAUSS JR
Next is Century Symphony Orchestra, Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr. released in 1956 and this one has an interesting history. There was a time when Record companies would seek out relatively unknown artists to provide cover art for their classical and jazz releases and this album art was by a little-known, Andy Warhol.
But for whatever, there are only seven known copies in existence, and one is on display at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. However, another did turn up and sold for $5,500 in 2012. It is unlikely you have one of the other five, but you never know. With what records are bringing today you might just crush that last record.