The 20 Most Valuable Records Ever

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The 20 Most Valuable Records Ever


20. Madonna, ‘Erotica’ 12-inch picture disc, 1992. Swiftly withdrawn from sale, supposedly so as to avoid offending Sarah Ferguson, Duchess Of York with it’s toe-sucking image. Value: £2000. Discover More



19. The Rolling Stones, ‘Promotional Album’ LP, 1969. Just 200 copies of this were pressed, 100 each for the UK and the US, and sent to radio stations. Value: £2000. 



18. The Rolling Stones, ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’, 1967. It’s believed there are only two copies in existence of this padded silk sleeve promo version. Value: £2000. Discover More



17. Dark, ‘Dark Round The Edges’ LP, 1972, a private pressing by the Northampton prog band. Twelve copies exist with colour gatefold sleeve and booklet. Value: £2000.



16. The Bread And Beer Band LP, 1969. This was a session-band set recorded by Elton John back when he was still called Reg Dwight. It’s a vaguely funky album which Decca delined to release, and which the band put out on their own label in a handmade sleeve. Value: £2000.



15. Leaf Hound. ‘Growers Of Mushroom’ LP, 1971. Never heard of Leaf Hound? Us neither, but this UK blues-rock album is highly collectable. Value: £2500.



14. Ron Hargrave, ‘Latch On/Only A Daydream’. This rockabilly single from 1958 – by the bloke who write ‘High School Confidential’ for Jerry Lee Lewis – isn’t even very good. But only six UK copies are known to exist, so it’s worth £3000



13. David Bowie, ‘Space Oddity/Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud’, 7-inch single. Unreleased picture sleeve, only two or three copies are known to exist. Value: £3000.



12. The Beatles, ‘Love Me Do/PS I Love You’. 250 demo copies of this 1962 7-inch single contained the misspelling, ‘McArtney’. Hence the price tag of £3000.



11. Tinkerbells Fairydust LP, 1969. A slightly obscure British pop group, Tinkerbells Fairydust recorded this bubblegum psych album for Decca, but it was never released. The unusual packaging – a laminated front sleeve with mono stereo ‘peephole’ on rear – means it’s worth £3000.



10. Billy Nicholls, ‘Would You Believe’ LP, 1968. Andrew Loog Oldham’s beautiful answer to ‘Pet Sounds’, featuring backup from The Small Faces. The collapse of label Immediate means only a handful of copies reached the shops. Value: £3000



9. John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, ‘Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins’ LP, 1968. Some copies were pressed with no track listing and a blurb on the front sleeve. Value: £3000



8. The Beatles, ‘Please Please Me’, 1963. The rare second pressing of The Beatles’ debut album is worth £3500.



7. The Beatles, ‘Please Please Me’ LP, 1963. This first pressing of the album is identical to the second, apart from one difference – it has a publishing credit for Dick James Music Company as opposed to Northern Songs. Value: £3500



6. John’s Children, ‘Midsummer Night’s Scene/Sara Crazy Child’, 7-inch single, 1967. A pre-T Rex Marc Bolan played guitar and wrote the songs on this release by the Mod band, but mysteriously it was never released. Value: £4000.



5. Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody/I’m In Love With My Car’, 7 Inch Single, 1978. This EMI in-house special edition of the single doubled as an invite to a company event, and so came with goodies including matches, pen, ticket, menu, outer card sleeve, scarf and EMI goblets in card box. Value: £5000.



4. The Beatles, “White Album’ double LP, 1968. Depending on the serial number, this first pressing could set you back as much as £7000.



3. Sex Pistols, ‘God Save The Queen/No Feelings’. This version of the band’s 1977 single was withdrawn from sale, and only about 300 copies are believed to exist. Those still with brown envelope and press release are worth £8000, or £7500 without.



2. The Quarrymen, ‘That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger’. A 1981 private reproduction of the 1958 original, only 25 copies exist. Famously, members of The Quarrymen went on to form The Beatles. Value: £10,000.



1. The Quarrymen, ‘That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger’. Yep, the same record as Number 2, but this is the 1958 original. It’s the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe. It’s worth an estimated £100,000.
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