The Most Valuable Vinyl Records

With the development of the CD and DVD, many vinyl albums were relegated to the trash heap.  This had the rather ironic effect of making the surviving records much more valuable as collector items, if not as an entertainment media.

Number Ten: The Hornets – “I Can’t Believe” a double sided, 78 RPM, 1953 last sold at auction for $25,000.

Number Nine:  The Five Sharps’ “Stormy Weather” also a 78 RPM from 1953, last sold at auction for $25,000, only four copies know to exist, only two in good condition.

Number Eight:  Elvis Presley’s “Stay Away, Joe”  from 1967. This is a single sided promotional album, made to be played one time on Nov. 5, 1967 on an Arizona radio station. It has half hour radio program that includes nine Elvis gospel songs promoted movie “Stay Away, Joe”. Only one known to ever have been pressed on valued at over $25,000 dollars.

Number Seven:  The Velvet Underground and Nico demo album released in 1966   Andy Warhol had assembled the album to introduce the group to record labels. The tracks were rearranged for the debut album’s release, only one known to exist sold in 2006 for $25,200.

Number Six:  Sex Pistols’ “God Save The Queen” (1977) The Sex Pistols worked for A&M Records in 1977 for exactly a week and recorded this single during that time. About a dozen mint condition versions are known to exist and they are valued at more than $20,000 dollars.  One still with the original mailer cover sold in 2006 for over $25,000 dollars.

Number Five:  Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You?” a seven inch from 1965; only one copy known to exist. It was never released to the public and sold in 1999 for about $30,000 dollars.

Number Four:  Bob Dylan’s  “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” a mint copy still in the jacket is valued at  $35,000. First released with four songs that Dylan later changed his mind on and had replaced in later versions of the album., but some with the original play list were released.

Number Three:  The Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today” in the “butcher sleeve”. Released in 1966 featured a picture of the “fab four”  wreathing white smocks splashed with blood and draped in cut up doll parts. Lennon insisted on using the gruesome cover for the American release. That decision lasted one day, when Capitol Records pulled the albums and pasted a more acceptable cover on it. Mint in the originally cover this item once sold for $38,500 dollars.

Number Two:  The Quarrymen’s “That’ll Be the Day”/”In Spite Of All The Danger”  a single pressed from a one day recording session by the Quarrymen before John Duff Lowe and Colin Hanton left the group while the remaining members plus Richard Starkey went on to fame with the Beatles. The one copy know to exist is valuable at $180,000 dollar.

Number One:  John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s “Double Fantasy” released in 1980. This album was signed by John Lennon for Mark David Chapman five hours before Chapman killed Lennon and was used as evidence at Chapman’s trial. Valued at $525,000 dollars.

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