10 Highest Auction Vinyl Record Prices Paid

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Vinyl Record Prices - 2016 - Top Selling Prices

You would expect some of the highest vinyl record prices to be early pressings of classic stuff like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Rolling Stone or Led Zeppelin. Some with vinyl record prices exceeding $10,000.

What you wouldn't expect are classical records such as Leonid Kogan - Beethoven Violin Concerto or Gioconda De Vito – Bach / Mozart: Violin Concertos bring in thousands of dollars at auction.

I would like to see a vinylmugshot with one of these records. So check your attic or closet you may have some serious cheddar hidden away somewhere.

Vinyl Record Prices

Bob Dylan – Freewheelin’

Auction Price
11500 USD
Artist
Bob Dylan
Label
Columbia Records
Title
The Freewheelin’
Record Grade
VG+
Sleeve Grade
VG+
Genre Style
Contemporary Political Folk
Country of Manufacture
US

 

Comments:

The rarest – and most sought after – of all Bob Dylan albums.
That’s right – this is the 1A matrix pressing which plays the four tracks that were withdrawn. It is NOT the Canadian pressing or timing strip issue which list the deleted tracks but play the standard cuts. The labels and cover here show the replacement tracks – which is consistent with the few other mono copies that have turned up over the past fifty years. However, check the picture which shows the vinyl for Side 1: the middle track is “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”, and you should be able to see it is the widest band, since it is the longest song. On standard copies of this record, that track is sequenced last in the #6 position.

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The Beatles – Yesterday and Today

Auction Price
11000 USD
Artist
The Beatles
Title
Yesterday and Today
Label
Capitol Records
Record Grade
VG+
Sleeve Grade
VG
Genre Style
Pop Rock
Country of Manufacture
US

Comments:

Offered is an extremely rare issue of The Beatles “Yesterday”…And Today”. This is the Red labels with the Purple target variation.
In May of 1971 Capitol Records began issuing albums on the newly designed Red label variation. The first two Beatles albums Capitol received pressing orders for were “Revolver” and “Yesterday”…And Today”. Almost immediately the pressing of these two albums abruptly ended when Apple Records announced that they were going to re-issue all Beatles albums on their label. At that point there were an unknown number of “Revolver” pressed and probably only about 100 of Y&T pressed. The actual pressing numbers for these two albums is still a mystery to this day!
What IS known is that in May of 1971 Capitol Records unintentionally created an extreme rarity by halting the pressing of “Yesterday”… And Today” in mere double digit numbers.
The first documented copy of this Y&T gem was discovered in 2006 and is listed in Frank Daniels and Perry Cox’ Price Guide, published by Bruce Spizer. Amazingly,this happened 35 years after the pressing date!

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David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

Auction Price
7100 GBP
Artist
David Bowie
Title
The Man Who Sold the World
Label
Mercury Records
Record Grade
Excellent
Sleeve Grade
NM
Genre Style
Pop Rock
Country of Manufacture
US

Comments:

This is the RAREST DAVID BOWIE ORIGINAL LP PRESSING IN
THE WORLD and I can prove it! There is a common myth among many
David Bowie collectors that this, the ORIGINAL USA CARTOON COVER
of Bowie`s ROCK MASTERPIECE The Man Who Sold The World is quite
easy to find . It just isn’t . Yes eBay is littered with cartoon covers daily but they
are not originals . That is the myth.
Back in 1976 some very enterprising and very clever individuals got wind that
a certain David Bowie LP was worth a whopping £120. So they got their heads
together and decided to make a forgery of this valuable LP and went
off and did the artwork and pressed the phoney vinyls up. And did a really great job
of the 25,000 copies they made. YES 25,000. The thing is they forged the wrong
copy of THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD ! They were supposed to make a counterfeit of the UK valuable Dress cover. Instead they copied the USA version
of TMWSTW , yes the cartoon copy. That is what is littering up eBay USA!
Just try to find an original with the machine stamped matrix number. Now that’s
a handful . If you double click the pictures and read the passage in the book it states
clearly that in 1971, yeah, 45 years ago, Bowie`s new LP only sold 1395 copies!
At the time Tony Defries was trying to create insane Hype paying anyone who could
be heard, DJs, Journalists that Bowie`s TMWSTW had sold 50,000 copies in the USA
where it was released first. As the release date in the UK approached (YES IT WAS RELEASED IN THE USA BEFORE THE UK) even Bowie believed him.
Eventually the truth was obvious and it was a total disaster, it sold
way less than the 1395 here in England . My guess is after the USA flop they only
pressed 500 dress covers but who knows ?

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Judas Priest – Painkiller

Auction Price
10000 USD
Artist
Judas Priest
Title
Painkiller
Label
Columbia Records
Record Grade
VG+
Sleeve Grade
Generic Cover
Genre Style
Metal
Country of Manufacture
US

Comments:

Super rare acetate from 1990!! Judas Priest- Painkiller LP; There are 2 records here, one for each side of the LP (the flip side of each record is blank); Columbia labels have hand written info (see pics); There is no etchings in the runoff; Side 1 record is VG+ close to NM, looks and plays great! Has some minor background crackling just in the moments between tracks; Side 2 record is VG+, has some light surface noise that is mainly just noticeable during the quiet parts; Both records are housed in a generic white gatefold cover; From the personal collection of a CBS/Sony music executive; Probably a one-of-a-kind copy, as an acetate of this record has never surfaced!

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Leonid Kogan – Beethoven Violin Concerto

Auction Price
6475 GBP
Artist
Leonid Kogan
Title
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Label
Columbia Records
Record Grade
NM
Sleeve Grade
NM
Genre Style
Classical
Country of Manufacture
UK

Comments:

Extremely rare UK COLUMBIA first edition STEREO LP SAX 2386. MATRIX NUMBERS YLX 1052-1 / YLX 1053-1 and 1 2 G / 1 G stampers.
Superb condition, both vinyl and sleeve. Realistically, I don’t think you’ll find a better example. Just a couple of mega-light traces/ultra-fine hairlines only. No serious wear at all. Just very minor pops/ticks in very quiet areas.

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The Beatles – Please, Please Me

Auction Price
8893 USD
Artist
The Beatles
Title
Please, Please Me
Label
Parlophone Records
Record Grade
NM
Sleeve Grade
Excellent+
Genre Style
Pop Rock
Country of Manufacture
UK

Comments:

Here is an opportunity to acquire one of the finest surviving 1st UK mono pressings of the Beatles’ debut album, released 53 years ago this week.
Of all the hundreds of thousands of copies sold of this album, only ones purchased during the first few weeks of release would have had gold/black labels. This ‘old-style’ design was replaced just after release by the iconic black & yellow design which would be employed until 1969.
The majority of these early copies were quickly played to death on crude 1960’s players and consequently very few survive in this condition.
This pristine 1st mono pressing is the finest we have ever offered and bears those initial gold & black Parlophone labels: PMC 1202
Both labels are 1st variant-type i.e. with ‘Dick James Mus.’ publishing credits for tracks; 1, 2, 6 & 7 on side 1 and 4 & 6 on side 2.
An early ‘ZMT’ purchase tax code is visible in the centre of the side 1 label.
Matrix numbers: XEX 421-1N & XEX 422-1N
Early 1st ‘Mother’ stamper codes: 1/A & 1/M
Vinyl weight: 157g
Housed in a correct/earliest-type ‘Ernest J Day’ printed mono cover with the ‘Angus McBean’ credit in the extreme lower right corner beginning beneath the final ‘s’ of the word ‘Songs’.
The disc itself is contained within its original, correct type poly-lined inner-sleeve.

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The Beatles – Revolver

Auction Price
8893 USD
Artist
The Beatles
Title
Revolver
Label
EMIDISC ACETATE
Record Grade
VG
Sleeve Grade
NA
Genre Style
Pop Rock
Country of Manufacture
UK

Comments:

A surviving original UK mono acetate of one of the most important albums of all time.
Recorded between April and June 1966 with George Martin again serving as producer, Revolver was the seventh studio album of The Beatles and marked an adventurous progression from the group’s 1965 Rubber Soul in terms of style and experimentation and heralded the band’s arrival as studio innovators. The album’s sounds include the incorporation of tape loop and backward guitar recordings on the psychedelic, influential “Tomorrow Never Knows”, the use of a classic string octet on “Eleanor Rigby”, and the Indian music backing of “Love To You”. Aside from varispeeding, reversed tapes, and close audio miking, the sessions for the album resulted in the invention of automatic double tracking which was soon adopted throughout the music industry. This album saw a new maturity in McCartney writing, challenging the Lennon-McCartney song writing dominance, and with Harrison’s interest in the musical culture of India, there were now 3 prolific songwriting Beatles
The album was ranked first in Colin Larkin’s book @All Time Top 1000 Albums and third in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time
Genuine Beatles acetates are extremely rare and album acetates are virtually impossible to find. Only a few were made for the band, management and the record company
What makes this even more interesting is that the labels have been decorated in psychedelic blue, green and red felt pen markings
This is similar to that of Alexis Mardas’s Sgt Pepper LP emidisc acetate which sold at Christies back in 2004 for £15,535I cannot confirm a link with this disc to Magic Alex, only the similarities. This record has been authenticated by Christies fine art auctioneers and I will include relevant paperwork from them with the disc. The handwriting on the labels is the same hand as that of the “Til There Was You/Hello Little Girl acetate which was reported to be that of Brian Epstein. This superb early acetate sold for £77,500. Acetates should only be played to a minimum and as this disc is nearly 50 years old and is extremely fragile it has not been played by me. (Christies have had it played and confirmed it is the mono version) Visually the LP is very good with some scuffs and marks as you would expect of a disc of this age.

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Led Zeppelin – Debut S/T

Auction Price
7172 USD
Artist
Led Zeppelin
Title
Debut S/T
Label
Atlantic
Record Grade
M-
Sleeve Grade
M-
Genre Style
Rock
Country of Manufacture
UK

Comments:

Led Zeppelin Debut lp 1st UK Stereo Press Uncorrected Matrix Turquoise Text Sleeve
Uncorrected Matrix numbers 588171 on both sides
1,2,4 Superhype label credits on side 1
Spine text is clear and fully readable
MacNeill outer sleeve with grey strip along the bottom edge, NO writing, stickers, etc.
MacNeill outer sleeve is in stunning NEAR MINT condition
Vinyl is in glorious NEAR MINT condition on both sides
The labels are also in NEAR MINT condition with NO spindle trails also with NO damage, writing, stickers, etc.
A// 1
B// 1
Both vinyl and outer sleeve held at various angles in Daylight, Sunlight, moonlight, 100W Bulb, halogen bulb and Strictly Graded using Record Collectors Grading system.
Condition;
Vinyl; Side 1: M-Side 2: M-
Labels; Side 1: M-Side 2: M-
Sleeve; Front: M-Back: M-Spine: M-

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Gioconda De Vito – Bach / Mozart: Violin Concertos

Auction Price
7170 USD
Artist
Gioconda De Vito
Title
Bach / Mozart: Violin Concertos
Label
RCA
Record Grade
NM/EX+
Sleeve Grade
EX
Genre Style
Classical
Country of Manufacture
UK

Comments:

ASD 429 – Bach / Mozart: Violin Concertos – Gioconda De Vito / Rafael Kubelik
Ultra-Rare Original UK First Press Stereo LP On HMV Cream & Gold Dog Label – Laminated Front Flip Back Sleeve – Original Liner.

** The comments and images in this list are taken from the actual eBay auction listings.