Before the days of digital files and music streaming services, vinyl records were the best way for music fans to enjoy their favorite songs and albums from the comfort of their own homes, and many people have old record collections gathering dust in the attic nowadays, while many young collectors are taking an interest in the hobby too. When talking about the best vinyl records, one must be careful to distinguish the “vinyl” aspect from simply the best albums list.
Well, believe it or not, some of those dusty records you bought many years ago might be worth way more than you think! Some of the rarest records have actually sold for six-figure sums, while others routinely fetch thousands of dollars from fervent collectors. If you absolutely love these musicians, enjoy a laugh while reading some of the craziest stories about these historical legends! Let’s take a look at the most valuable vinyl’s out there today.
Led Zeppelin (1969) by Led Zeppelin
The debut album of one of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time, Led Zeppelin, offered up a mix of original music and cover songs. The album actually got mixed reviews from critics but went on to become a smash hit. There are two different versions of this album. The original UK release has the band name in blue letters, and copies can go for over $1,000 in good condition.
Did you know: For one night, they were referred to as ‘The Nobs.’ A direct descendant of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin was hurt over what she believed to be a dishonoring of the family name by the band. She made it very clear that she would like them to change the name, and so they did on the 28th of February, 1970.
Kind of Blue (1959) by Miles Davis
Miles Davis turned the world of jazz on its head with this incredible album. One of the greatest trumpeters of all time, Davis teamed up with fellow legends like John Coltrane, Jimmy Cobb, and Cannonball Adderley for this one. Kind of Blue is generally seen as Davis’ best work, and it’s also the most valuable vinyl to bear his name. If you’ve got a good quality original pressing of this album, you might be sitting on $1,000 or more!
Did you know: Miles was first taught the trumpet against his mother’s wishes. A man named Elwood Buchanan was one of his father’s dental patients/ drinking buddy and became Miles’ trumpet teacher. On Miles’ 13th birthday his father surprised him with a trumpet even though his mother wanted him to be a violinist. Aren’t we glad he listened to his dad?
The Who Sell Out (1967) by The Who
Another band of British rock legends right up there alongside the likes of Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, The Who produced just 1,000 copies of the first run of their third album, which featured tracks like ‘Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand.’ It shipped with a groovy butterfly poster, and if you happen to have the original poster plus the album, you could sell the pair for over $1,100 online to a budding collector.
Did you know: Before finalizing on the band name “The Who”, they had performed under two other names: The Detours and The High Numbers. I guess they had to run a test trial to see if they liked their name or not. Makes sense. On May 31, 1976, their live show in London as a band was so loud that a Guinness World record was created.
Bleach (1989) by Nirvana
Nevermind is undoubtedly Nirvana’s biggest album and features some of their most famous songs, like Smells Like Teen Spirit, but Bleach was equally brilliant and remains beloved by many grunge fans. Two different copies of this vinyl record could be worth big bucks if you’ve kept them in good condition. The original pressing can go for over $2,500, while the limited edition third pressing, with a red, white, and blue vinyl disc, can go for over $1,000.
Did you know: Kurt Cobain had quite a rough childhood and quite a messy start in life. Before becoming famous, he dropped out of high school and then began working there as the school’s janitor. I don’t know if you remember the music clip to ‘Teen Spirit’? They had a small part with the dancing janitor as an inside joke toward Kurt.
Science Friction (1977) by XTC
British new wave stars XTC gave the world this gem in 1977, a 45 RPM single featuring the tracks ‘Science Friction’ and ‘She’s So Square.’ Only 50 copies were said to be made! That means that this vinyl is super rare, but if you’re one of the lucky owners of that original disc, you could be able to sell it for up to $2,000 to a true fan.
Did you know: XTC was one of the catchiest and smartest British pop bands to rise from the punk and new wave explosion of the late ’70s. From the tense, jerky riffs of their early singles to the lushly arranged, meticulous pop of their later albums, XTC’s music has always been driven by the hook-laden songwriting of guitarist Andy Partridge and bassist Colin Moulding.
The Prettiest Star (1973) by David Bowie
Bowie albums and singles are treasured by many collectors, and many of them can still be bought today pretty cheaply, but there are a few specific records that come with some very high price tags, like this one. The picture-sleeve version of this classic single is super rare. Bowie allegedly recorded the song while proposing to his wife, and it can sell for at least $2,000 at auction.
Did you know: Rock guitarist Peter Frampton was Bowie’s friend at school and his dad was the head of the art department. He’s gone on to play guitar with Bowie numerous times during his career. Underwood and Bowie remained good friends with Underwood doing artwork for some of Bowie’s earlier albums.
Hovas Vittne (1981) by ABBA
Back in the 70s and 80s, special editions of records were sometimes made in very limited quantities to be given as gifts or handed out exclusively to certain people. A special copy of this ABBA single was produced in a batch of 200 and handed out to record company workers. It features a distinctive red disc, and if you happen to have a copy in your collection somewhere, it can be worth well over $3,000.
Did you know: Their Outlandish Outfits Were Tax Deductible. As long as they didn’t wear the super-flashy ensembles they became famous for donning onstage while they weren’t performing, they were considered deductible by Swedish law. Clearly, this inspired the group to get as creative as they wanted, but Björn would later admit to things getting a bit carried away.
That’ll Be the Day (1981) by The Quarrymen
We know the likes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney from their work with The Beatles, but the superstar rock and rollers were originally known under a different name: The Quarrymen. They recorded a cover and an original song in the late 1950s, and Paul McCartney himself paid for this 1981 release. He only ordered 50 copies and gave them to friends and family, and if you somehow come into possession of one, it’s worth close to $3,500.
Did you know: On the 6th of July, in 1957, it was a pivotal day for the history of modern music. This day was the day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the very first time. In the afternoon the Quarrymen skiffle group played at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool. ISn’t that just exciting? It’s like a love story.
Cherry Five (1975) by Cherry Five
The name Cherry Five might not be too familiar to many people, but that’s probably because this band later changed its name to Goblin. They recorded the soundtracks for several super horror films like Suspiria and Dawn of the Dead. The name change really helped this group, but if you happen to have an original pressing of their first-ever release under their original name, it could be worth more than $3,500.
Did you know: I think it’s safe to say that this strange band are the figureheads of the Italian horror genre. By 2013, they became even more popular, and indeed more influential than they ever have been at any time in the past. This horror-band rose from the ashes in the early 1970s!
Diamond Dogs (1974) by David Bowie
There’s an interesting story behind this one. Artist Guy Peelaert was hired to create the cover for Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album, but the record label wasn’t happy with the fact that it depicted canine genitalia. They decided to airbrush the offending part of the image out, but not before a few copies had already been made with the original artwork. Those copies are very rare and can fetch over $3,500 at auction.
Did you know: When David was a teenager, 17 years old to be exact, he founded a society for the prevention of cruelty toward long-haired men in 1964. It was an organization dedicated to protesting the treatment that long-haired men would receive while walking the streets of London.
Abbey Road (1969) by The Beatles
One of The Beatles’ best and most famous albums, Abbey Road, features that famous photo of the Fab Four walking across a London street. And if you have a very rare and exclusive copy of it sitting at home, it could be worth a whole lot of cash. The original UK export version with the yellow and black Parlophone Records label on it and the number PPCS7088 is the one you want, and it could sell for more than $4,000.
Did you know: For the week ending April 4th, 1964, The Beatles held the top 5 slots of the Billboard Hot 100. They also had another seven positions lower down the chart. One week later, they still had three discs in the top 5 and a further 11 slots within the Hot 100.
That’s All Right (1954) by Elvis Presley
Vinyl records of ‘The King’ tend to be quite common, but there are certain editions and rare items that can fetch a high price when sold to Elvis fans and collectors, like this one. Regarded as perhaps the first rock and roll record ever created, the 1954 copy of That’s All Right, with Blue Moon of Kentucky on the B-side, can sell for over $4,000.
Did you know: Well this is a funny one. When Elvis was only 11 years old, he purchased his very first guitar. The funny thing is that he initially wanted to purchase a rifle but his mama strongly disagreed, convincing him rather buy a guitar. What can we say, mothers always, (almost always), know best?
Reverberation (Doubt) (1966) by The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
‘Reverberation (Doubt),’ ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me,’ ‘Tried to Hide,’ and ‘Fire Engine’ are the four songs featured on this valuable and rare record from The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. If you happen to get your hands on a copy of this release from the psychedelic rockers, you could be looking at $4,000 or more if you choose to sell it at auction or online.
Did you know: Unfortunately, The band’s singer and cult figure, Roky Erikson died at the age of 71. He was an absolute psychedelic rock icon before his career was cut short due to mental illness. He had to spend years in a mental hospital in Texas. It was 1968 while he was performing, he suddenly began speaking gibberish. He was soon diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia where he involuntarily received electroconvulsive therapy.
Please Please Me (1963) by The Beatles
Another Beatles entry on our list, Please Please Me, was famously recorded in quite a hurry. The band had only written a few songs, and the deadline was drawing nearer, so they spent a full day in the studio recording seven more! John Lennon actually had a cold while recording ‘Twist And Shout,’ but his sore throat gave his voice a unique and groovy quality. The first pressings of this album can sell for $4,200 or more.
Did you know: Martin formerly wanted The Beatles to take their cover picture outside an insect house in the London Zoo for the cover of ‘Please Please Me.’ However, the Zoological Society of London rejected the idea and the shot ended up being taken over a stairwell inside EMI’s London headquarters. Not too shabby!
Music for the Masses (1987) by Depeche Mode
Plenty of people own this album, but if you own a special version of it, you could have a whole lot of money in your hands. Specifically, we’re talking about the original UK version. This version featured quite a simple picture of a speaker on an orange background. The image was later replaced by a photograph, which gave the album a more modern look, but the original copies, which were accidentally shipped out in the 90s, are worth over $4,500.
Did you know: n 1979, Marlow, Gore and friend Paul Redmond created a music band named the French Look, with Marlow on vocals and keyboards, Gore on guitar and Redmond on keyboards. However, in March 1980, Clarke, Gore and Fletcher then created a band named the Composition of Sound, with Clarke on vocals/guitar, Gore on keyboards and Fletcher on bass.
Legacy of Brutality (1985) by Misfits
Some limited edition albums only get produced in quantities of 100 or 200, and some rarer ones might only be made in batches of 50. Well, this one is even rarer! Only 16 copies of the second pressing of Legacy of Brutality were produced in which singer Glen Danzig overdubbed his bandmates’ work, so he didn’t have to pay them. It’s worth an impressive total of $5,000.
Did you know: The band actually got their name from an infamous film. The Misfits got their signature name from the final movie that Marilyn Monroe had made right before her unfortunate death back in 1962. They later wrote a tribute to her ca, ‘Who Killed Marilyn?’ which has some choice speculations about the starlet’s unfortunate death.
Speedway (1968) by Elvis Presley
Elvis appears again on our list with his 1968 release: Speedway. This record came towards the latter stages of Presley’s Hollywood career, and he was starting to lose traction and receiving some quite bad reviews. Speedway wasn’t a success, but the soundtrack went on to become a very valuable record, with only 300 copies ever made. If you happen to have a copy, in its original packaging, in great condition and with a red sticker on the front, you could sell it for over $5,000.
Did you know: This is quite a strange story. However, I do wish we could have been able to see this one. Right before Elvis’s passing, he commissioned his stage electrician to create and design a version of his original, famous white jumpsuit that would shoot laser beams into the audience. Well, it kind of sounds like a ‘Yeah baby, yeah’ moment from Austin Powers.
King of Fuh (1969) by Brute Force
A record that only the most discerning and knowledgeable of music fans will actually know about, King of Fuh is a song printed by The Beatles’ very own Apple Recordings label. It nearly never existed, as other record companies just didn’t want to print a song with obscene language in the lyrics. George Harrison did some work on it, and the Fab Four decided to print it themselves. Copies from that original run are worth up to $5,000.
Did you know: After the initial Apple pressing, Friedland teamed up with Jeff Cheen and issued the tune on his own Brute Force Records label (b/w “Tapeworm Of Love”, which later received airplay on the Dr. Demento radio show). In 2005, the Revola label issued both “King of Fuh” and its original B side (“Nobody Knows”) as bonus tracks on the CD reissue of the BT Puppy Records compilation Extemporaneous.
I’ve Been Loving You (1968) by Elton John
The very first record of legendary singer and songwriter, Elton John, can fetch a whole lot of cash at auction. You do need a very specific version of it, however, if you want to get the big bucks. You see, many editions of this record are quite common, but there was an exclusive version, released only in Portugal, which included the songs ‘Thank You for All Your Loving’ and ‘Angel Tree’ and can sell for over $5,000.
Did you know: Did any of you know that Elton John’s birth name was not Elton John. He was born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He was nicknamed and called Reggie or Reg. However, once he legitimately changed his name back in 1972, he no longer wanted to be associated with his previous name.
Spirit in the Night (1973) by Bruce Springsteen
If you’ve got a copy of this classic from ‘The Boss,’ you might have a small fortune on your hands. Early promotional copies can sell for a few hundred dollars, but you can get even more for a rarer version. If you happen to have one of the original pressing copies of Spirit in the Night, it can sell for more than $5,000 to collectors around the world.
Did you know: “When I was growing up, there were two things that were unpopular in my house. One was me, and the other was my guitar.” At the age of 13, Bruce went and bought his very first guitar for the amount of $18. However, don’t forget, this was the early 1960s, so that would have been a lot of money during those days. Three years later, his mom went and bought him a Kent guitar for $60- she had to take out a loan to do so.
Century Symphony Orchestra, Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr. (1956)
Most of the entries on our list so far have been limited to the genres of pop and rock and roll music, but even classical music has its super rare records that can be worth thousands of dollars. There’s a certain copy of Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr. on which pop art legend Andy Warhol draw the cover. Warhol was an unknown at the time, doing a bit of work for his own exposure. There are less than 10 copies of this record in the world, and they’re worth close to $6,000.
Did you know: Johann was born in 1825, in Austria. His father wanted him to be a banker so he wouldn’t have to compete with his own son musically. Regardless, Johann was secretly being taught violin by one of the violinists in his father’s orchestra. Unfortunately, Johann was beaten by his dad when the truth finally came out. At age 19, he started his own orchestra to compete with his dads but unfortunately, because his dad was so famous, it was hard for him to find gigs.
The Caine Mutiny (1954) by Max Steiner
The Caine Mutiny is a 1954 dramatic film set during World War II and starring the likes of Humphrey Bogart. A soundtrack, featuring a mixture of music and dialogue, was made but never sold. The writer of the original novel said he’d bar the studio from using his work ever again if they released the record, but a few employees stole some copies before they could all be destroyed, and one of them sold for $6,700 back in 2007.
Did you know: Austrian-born film composer Max Steiner was the grandson of the musical impresario who discovered Strauss and brought Offenbach to Vienna. Growing up with a rich heritage of opera and symphony all about him, Steiner developed into a musical prodigy; at the age of 13 he graduated from the Imperial Academy of Music, completing the course in one year and winning the Gold Medal of the Emperor.
God Save the Queen (1977) by Sex Pistols
One of the greatest works of punk rock ever made, God Save the Queen is simply iconic and forever associated with the Sex Pistols. 25,000 copies of this single were made by A&M, but only about 10 survived. The label destroyed the rest after falling out with the band for their crazy antics and unruly behavior. Still, if you have a copy of God Save the Queen with the A&M label, it’s worth over $8,000.
Did you know: Having been raised in poverty, John Lydon used to make paper boats and float them down streams of water. He would touch the water and of course, like any child, he would put his fingers in his mouth. Little to his knowledge, he was sharing his yard with diseased rats which gave him meningitis as a result. He suffered with a few negative side effects but grew up to be the famous John Lydon!
Pride (In the name of love) (1984) by U2
Here’s another example of an exclusive record edition being released in one territory and going on to become super valuable because of its rarity and unique features. A special Australian copy of Pride (In the name of love) was made, with just 50 copies of the 12-inch single said to exist. Each one can sell for up to $9,000, as long as it’s in good condition.
Did you know: A small band that began with poor musical talent and an inadequate ability to do covers went on to become a worldwide sensation by the mid-80s. They managed to sell twelve studio albums – all of which are included in the all-time best-selling music musicians, having sold over 150 million records internationally.
Xanadu (1980) by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)
Xanadu is regarded as one of the worst films of all time, but the soundtrack, strangely enough, is immensely valuable! It’s quite an attractive record too; an exclusive picture disc with a colorful cover. Rumors say that Olivia Newton-John hated the photo of her used on the cover, so she asked the company to stop making the discs. Only about 25 of them were made and are valued at over $9,000.
Did you know: Rising from the ashes is one of Britain’s greatest power-poppers. The (ELO), Electric Light Orchestra was supposed to be a once-off performance in symphonic post-Beatles rock, but the leader Jeff Lynne’s way with a hook soon changed them into cinematic and absurdly touching orchestral bubblegum.
Blue Note 1568 (1957) by Hank Mobley
There were up to 1,000 copies of this jazz record made back in ’57, but a small selection of them are valued much higher than the others. Allegedly, the label, Blue Note, making the album ran out of actual labels to use. They, therefore, released many with the regular label, which listed the address as ’47 West 63rd NYC’, and a small set with an address of ’47 West 63rd New York 23′. Standard label copies can sell for over $10,000, and the other labels are even rarer.
Did you know: If you are familiar with his work, you will notice that his 1950s recordings were identified by light, smooth tone, and rhythmic complexity. Sometimes the intricacy of his rhythmic conceptions collided with his precise timing and high-level technique.
Me and the Devil Blues (1938) by Robert Johnson
An intriguing song, ‘Me and the Devil Blues’ tells the tale of a man who hears Satan knocking on his door. An old legend said that the singer, Robert Johnson, actually did meet the devil and sold his soul to become a famous musician. Either way, he had a wonderful talent, and if you happen to have one of the original pressings of this particular record, which features ‘Little Queen of Spades’ on the B-side, it can sell for up to $12,000.
Did you know: Habe you heard of the tale of the troubled man making a pact with the devil? It’s a reoccurring motif. Legend has it that Robert took his guitar along with him to the crossroads of Highways 49 and 61 in Clarksdale, Mississippi where he asked the ‘devil’ to retune his instrument in trade for his soul. As legend has it, he returned with a formidable technique and a mastery of the blues.
Lafayette Blues (1998) by The White Stripes
Many of the records on our list date back to the 70s, 80s, or even further, but this one is quite modern, so what makes it so valuable? Well, for starters, only 15 copies were made! Not only that, but each and every one of those 15 copies were hand-painted by Italy Records founder, Dave Buick. The record has ‘Lafayette Blues’ on one side and ‘Sugar Never Tasted So Good’ on the other and can sell for over $12,000.
Did you know: Why did the White Stripes Break Up? Well, the White Stripes announced that they were breaking up on their website. They claimed that the reason was not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any well-being issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health. Did you know they weren’t really brother and sister? they were actually ex-husband and wife.
Stonewall (1976) by Stonewall
Many people, even hardcore music fans, haven’t heard of Stonewall. The band never actually got signed to any label but did still get a record produced, without the band even knowing about it, through a shady scam with the mob. The scam involved lots of records being pressed and then written off as unsold to free the parent company of heavy taxes. Still, a few of the records ended up in the hands of collectors, and some have sold for over $14,000.
Did you know: Stonewall riots, also known as the Stonewall uprising, known for their series of violent encounters that started on June 28, 1969. There were altercations involving police and gay rights activists outside the Stonewall Inn. It’s a gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. As the riots grew, an international gay rights movement was born.
Melody A.M. (2001) by Röyksopp
One of the most recent and modern releases on our list, 2001’s Melody A.M. by Röyksopp, was a huge hit, helping the Norwegian group make a name for themselves around the world. One particular pressing of this record shipped in a cover that featured a stencil spray painted by famed mystery street artist Banksy. Only 100 of these copies were made, and they can sell for over $14,000.
Did you know: Banksy’s rates only seem to be going in one direction which is definitely up. In the last several years, the work of the infamous graffiti-turned-blue-chip-artist has broken £1 million at auction multiple times, topping his previous records. In October 2018, his “Girl With Balloon” sold for £1.04 million!
Yesterday and Today (1966) by The Beatles
The Beatles appear again in a very rare and strange case of a cover that should never have been made. The original cover of Yesterday and Today featured the Fab Four dressed as butchers and covered in raw meat while holding dolls. It was super creepy and totally out of line with their usual wholesome image. A total of 750,000 records were somehow made before Capitol Records bought them back and destroyed them. Some survived, however, and can sell for over $15,000.
Did you know: Who shot John Lennon? Well, a man that grew very tired of Johns’s lifestyle had plotted his murder over several months, a man named Mark David Chapman. Mark, a former security guard, despised his life choices because he felt that they offended his religious beliefs.
Street Fighting Man (1968) by The Rolling Stones
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are often compared, and both bands have a lot in common. The Rolling Stones also had their own cover controversy with 1968’s Street Fighting Man. The original art for this record showed a photo of some cops standing over an injured man. Riots at the time led to the record label changing the cover to something less inflammatory, but some copies survived and can sell for more than $17,000.
Did you know: Wow, well, it’s believed that Mick Jagger allegedly had an affair with the ‘current presidents’ girlfriend, (if you know what I mean). She shared a prolonged dalliance with Mick Jagger in the early ’90s. Oh, and he left a date with Angelina Jolie for a one-night-stand with Farrah Fawcett.
Stormy Weather (1952) by The Five Sharps
An extremely rare record that was famously featured on an episode of Pawn Stars, in which Rick refused to pay $25,000 for an average condition copy. Still, good quality copies can sell for very impressive prices. There are said to be only three known copies of the famous disc, and they can fetch up to and over $20,000 at auction. Funnily enough, the original record sold so badly that band members had to pay for their own copies.
Did you know: The Five Sharps were a short-term group of singers from the Jamaica housing projects in Queens, New York. They are famously known for the song “Stormy Weather.” Today this is considered to be one of the greatest collectible singles.
The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) by The Velvet Underground
We’re heading back to the swinging 60s for the debut release from The Velvet Underground. First pressings of this record can sell for a few thousand dollars, and 30,000 copies of it were sold in total. There are some exceptionally rare versions, however, which feature exclusive early versions of many of the songs. Only two copies are believed to exist and are both worth an excess of $25,000.
Did you know: The most unpopular track on their album also happens to be one of the oldest songs dating back to Reed’s days as a student. He attended Syracuse University, where he used to perform with rock and early folk groups. Oh, and they also used to experiment with illicit substances.
Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (1965) by Frank Wilson
There are only two copies of this record, so it’s highly unlikely you have one of them, but if you do, it’s worth tens of thousands of dollars. Frank Wilson wanted a career as a solo artist but was convinced by others to write music for other bands and artists like the Supremes. He wrote some great songs, but most of the original copies of his own record were destroyed. Two copies survived, and one was sold for nearly $34,000 back in 2009.
Did you know: Due to the album’s rarity, it continues being one of the most collectible records, primarily by followers of the Northern soul. At least five of his vinyl copies survived, one of which made around £25,742 in May 2009. That’s quite impressive. One is rumored to be owned by Berry Gordy.
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) by Bob Dylan
A legendary artist in every possible way, Bob Dylan shaped the musical world beyond compare. A few copies of this 1963 release from Dylan are worth a whole lot of money. Some songs were accidentally left on a few of the copies, which were shipped with serial numbers ending with ‘1A’. They contain four extra songs, including ‘Let Me Die In My Footsteps’ and ‘Rocks and Gravel,’ and each one of these records is valued at over $35,000.
Did you know: Michael Douglas told a story about how he was invited out by George Harrison to go and hang out with him and Bob Dylan. George Harrison walked in with Bob Dylan who had a huge. Guys, Bob’s dog ate Michael Douglas’ Caviar in a restaurant and according to Michael, Bob’s response was, “Far out.”
Alcohol And Jake Blues (1930) by Tommy Johnson
We all dream of finding a little treasure at a yard sale or gathering dust in our attics, only to learn that it’s actually worth huge amounts of money that could totally change our lives. That’s what happened to one man in North Carolina. He bought an extremely rare copy of Alcohol and Jake Blues by Tommy Johnson at an estate sale and put it on eBay. The record sold for over $37,000! What a find.
Did you know: Coming back to his legend and rumors. It’s believed he Only lived till 27 because he traded his soul. However, he is a victim of deliberate poisoning. Several movies and documentaries have tried to shed light on this mysterious blues legend, including his songs “Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl?” and “Hellhounds on My Trail.”
The Black Album (1994) by Prince
Prince’s ‘The Black Album’ is a fascinating piece of musical history. 500,000 copies were pressed and ready to be sold to the late star’s legions of fans, but one day, after partaking in some illicit substances, Prince decided that the record was ‘evil.’ He ordered that all copies be returned and destroyed and that production be stopped. As always, a few copies slipped through the cracks, and one of them sold for over $42,000 in 2018.
Did you know: Price once fired a Dj from a Dj Gig in a nightclub. Instead of listening to a DJ play his jams, he finally played a Finding Nemo DVD on the screens of the nightclub. Oh, and that’s not all. He was sitting in the back of a limo with cold airconditioning. He phoned the manager of the limo company telling her to dial in the limo driver asking him to turn down the AC he was sitting in, instead of telling him himself.
Caustic Window (2014) by Aphex Twin
Richard D. James, also known as Aphex Twin, recorded this album back in 2014. He gave himself the new name of ‘Caustic Window,’ but swiftly changed his mind on the whole project. Only five copies of his record were pressed when he decided to cancel the whole thing, but at least one of those copies made it out without being destroyed and was sold to Markus Persson, creator of the Minecraft video game, for over $46,000.
Did you know: Unfortunately, before he was born, his mother had a son who was stillborn. She of course, as any mother would be, was very hurt and heartbroken. She had a gravestone made for him. However, she just wanted to forget about the child as if it never happened. When Richard was born, she named him exactly the same name she gave to her unborn child, hence Richard calling himself Aphex Twin.
The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968) by The Beatles
We had ‘The Black Album’ earlier on, and now it’s time for ‘The White Album.’ A classic piece of musical history, this was one of The Beatles’ greatest accomplishments. The first-ever pressing, with serial number A0000001, was kept in a bank by Ringo Starr for more than 30 years. He eventually decided to sell it at a charity auction, with all funds raised going towards cancer research, domestic violence sufferers, and the homeless. It sold for close to $800,000! Other early serial number copies can sell for over $10,000 too.
Did you know: When the Beatles were just starting out, they did quite a funny thing. They had a huge gig, they played backup music for a stripper all week for “Janice the Stripper” in a Liverpool nightclub.