Whether you’re a seasoned vinyl collector or simply testing the waters, there’s no arguing that finding a bargain deal is the ultimate find. You can find albums online, at your local music store or even your nearest charity or second-hand shop. Part of the thrill is never knowing what you’ll find – there could be a limited edition hiding amongst it all.
So, you may be asking yourself “How much can a vinyl really be worth?”, and to help you get an idea of the potential that exists, we’ll be sharing some of the most expensive vinyl with you.
6 Of The World’s Most Expensive Vinyl Records
Wu-Tang Clan: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
Price: $2 million
The most expensive record on our list is the Wu-Tang Clan’s 2015 album. This is the only copy that was ever produced and even features a contract instructing the owner not to duplicate or attempt to make a profit from that album for the next 100 years. The album can, however, be released for free should the owner wish to do so.
The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)
Ringo Starr owned the bands very first copy of their self-titled, double album that was released in 1968. Back in the day, vinyl had a unique serial number, and the copy owned by Ringo featured the number ‘0000001’. In 2015 he sold the album at auction and received quite the pay-out.
Elvis Presley: ‘My Happiness’
The test pressing of the King’s first-ever recording was sold at an auction in 2015. Third Man Records then released the album unedited and in a paper bag sleeve because that’s how Elvis would’ve left the studio with it.
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (signed by all four Beatles)
This original pressing of The Beatles album is already quite a valuable collector’s item, so imagine what happens when it features signatures from all of the band members? A really valuable piece of music history in our opinion.
John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy
This unique album receives its hefty price tag for one simple reason; it was signed by John Lennon hours before he died. This made it the last record to have ever been signed by the legend, leaving it worth quite a bit.
The Beatles: Yesterday & Today
The compilation album was only released in North America and Japan. Adding to the scarcity is the rare “butcher cover” that the early versions were released with. This artwork was deemed inappropriate and a more family-friendly version was created and released. This specific vinyl was still sealed when it went to auction, accounting for the high value.
You Never Know What You’ll Find
When it comes to collecting vinyl, like Roulette games in Canada, it comes down to luck. While you are more than likely going to find some of the more “common” albums on your adventure, you could also find a copy that could give you quite the payday.