Some of the most expensive records ever sold have been unveiled – and some are worth more than the average UK home.
These include rare gems from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and even the Wu-Tang clan.
Even more recent releases from bands like Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac could be worth hundreds of pounds, however, with albums from solo acts like David Bowie and Kate Bush also being worth a small fortune.
Around 4.3 million LPs were sold in the UK in 2019. Vinyl albums now account for every eighth album purchased in digital and physical formats in this country. So there could be something very valuable hiding in that old collection in the attic.
The money team out NetVoucherCodes.co.uk has researched and revealed that some records cost more than the average house price in the UK – including rare gems from The Beatles, Elvis Presley and even Wu-Tang Clan.
Collecting records is a popular hobby in the UK and can be very lucrative. A lucky English collector paid £ 100,000 a few months ago for one of two famous copies of Frankie Wilson’s “Do I Love You”.
The most expensive record ever sold is Wu-Tang Clan’s 2015 album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”. It was bought by Martin Shkreli, the head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, and comes with a contract that stipulates that the buyer must not try to sell or make money on the record for 100 years.
A spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said, “Music technology is more advanced than ever, but many people will agree that nothing sounds as good as vinyl.
“Records will never be as popular as they were in the 50s and 60s, but it has become a collector’s hobby for some music fans. Originals can fetch a pretty penny at auctions, and like most collectibles, the rarer the better. “
Here are some of the most expensive vinyl releases in the world:
- 1 1. Wu Tang Clan – “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”: £ 1.5 million
- 2 2. The Beatles – “White Album”: £ 620,000
- 3 3. Elvis Presley – “My Luck”: £ 226,000
- 4 4. The Stone Crushers – “That Will Be the Day” / “Despite All Peril”: £ 200,000
- 5 5. The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ‘: £ 227,000
- 6 6. Frankie Wilson – “Do I Love You (In fact I do?”): £ 100,000
- 7 7. The Beatles – “Until You Got There”: £ 77,500
1. Wu Tang Clan – “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”: £ 1.5 million
The most expensive record ever sold is this 2015 album by Wu-Tang Clan, of which this is the only copy ever produced. The record comes with a contract that stipulates that the buyer may not try to sell the record or make any money with it for 100 years, although the owner can release the album for free if desired.
2. The Beatles – “White Album”: £ 620,000
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was known for years for owning the very first copy of the band’s 1968 self-titled double album, as the records were sequentially printed with serial numbers and Starr’s copy was numbered ‘0000001’.
3. Elvis Presley – “My Luck”: £ 226,000
Jack White of White Stripes, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs bought Presley’s first recording, “My Happiness”, at auction in January 2015.
He used it to create a limited edition facsimile that he released through Third Man Records, with all the pops and scratches and even a plain brown paper bag as a sleeve.
4. The Stone Crushers – “That Will Be the Day” / “Despite All Peril”: £ 200,000
Only one copy was made of this record, which is currently owned by Sir Paul McCartney. Record Collector Magazine listed the 2012 target price at £ 200,000. McCartney had published a number of “reissues” in 1981 which are valued at over £ 10,000.
5. The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ‘: £ 227,000
Every original press from Sgt. Pepper will be reasonably priced at auction. However, if one signature can dramatically increase the value of a record, imagine what four can do. This fully signed copy, auctioned in 2013, was stunned when it fetched a whopping £ 227,000.
6. Frankie Wilson – “Do I Love You (In fact I do?”): £ 100,000
One of two known copies of this Nordic soul classic grossed over £ 100,000 earlier this year. An English collector bought the 7-inch vinyl in August. It was recorded in 1965 and should be released on Motown’s Soul imprint before it is withdrawn.
7. The Beatles – “Until You Got There”: £ 77,500
The 10-inch acetate of an early demo with the songs “Til There Way You” and the B-side “Hello Little Girl” was sold to an unnamed buyer in Warrington in March 2016. The test disc bears the signature of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and was recorded at 363 Oxford Street, London.