Sunday, September 27, 2009

KELLY'S POST: "The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees. Now give me money, that's what I want." -The Beatles

To follow up on my last vinyl post, I decided to do a bit of research on what some of the most valuable records are.  You won't be seeing any of these in my collection any time soon. :)

To begin with: the infamous "Butcher Album" by The Beatles.  The original cover for the Beatles' "Yesterday and Today" understandably caused some controversy, thus (after they were recalled) most had a more conventional cover pasted over the original. Estimated to be worth $40,000 for mint first state stereo copies.  $150 to $10,000 for other pressings and conditions.

The Sex Pistol's 1977 album "God save the Queen" (UK A&M 7” 45 RPM with mailer, 1977).  Estimated worth: $22,000.

The Velvet Underground's 1966 album "The Velvet Underground and Nico" (US Album Acetate, in plain sleeve, 1966 with alternate versions of tracks from official release). Estimated worth: over $400,000.

Bob Dylan's 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" (CBS, US album, stereo 1963 featuring 4 tracks deleted from subsequent releases). Estimated Worth: $35,000.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 album "Wedding Album" (USA Capital LP Acetate with hand written sleeve notes) Currently on sale at Forever Vinyl for $50,000.


  1. Wow. I never thought records could be worth that much.

  2. So typical they always recall the best covers! :D

  3. I love old album covers. The Bob Dylan one is so cute!

  4. amazing! These records aren't in my collection either. Well...not these editions....

  5. Loooove! I get WAY TOO EXCITED about stuff like this.

  6. WOW! I'm without words except FABULOUS!!!:)

  7. love the old beatles album !!
    très bon !

  8. I had no idea!! Will definitely keep an eye out now... :)

  9. My dad and I are huge record collectors. We have a few of the records above, but I doubt ares are worth the amount of those. Great post, its neat to learn more about vinyl.



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  11. WOW, those prices are CRAZY!!!! I wonder who has each of them.... :)

  12. Wow I didn't actually know about the beatles one!