While some record collections are large, there are few that hold extremely rare jewels. Here are seven of the more valuable rarities around, some which well run into six figures!
The Quarrymen — “That’ll Be The Day”/“In Spite Of All The Danger” (1958)
(Photo by Hens Zimmerman via Wikimedia)
This historic record was a forerunner of The Beatles. According to BeatlesSource.com, the lone 78-rpm vinyl was shared between John Lennon and Paul McCartney until piano player John Duff Lowe ended up with the acetate. McCartney purchased the acetate from Lowe in 1981 which as of 2012 was worth an estimated 200,000 BP (roughly $375,000 Canadian today)!
The White Stripes — “Lafayette Blues”/“Sugar Never Tasted So Good” (1998)
Jack and Meg White issued approximately 15 of these singles after a Detroit gig in their infancy at the Gold Dollar. Now it’s worth a few gold bars! When the group began to skyrocket one of the rarities went for $800 US. In 2010 a Third Man Records representative arranged a sale of one for $18,000 US.
Sex Pistols — “God Save The Queen”/“No Feelings” (1977)
Two copies of this 7-inch single are known to exist. After many thought it was nothing more than myth or punk lore, one of the two promotional singles appeared in 2006. In 2012 one was auctioned off on eBay by the original owner for nearly $20,000 US.
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (Withdrawn Version) (1963)
While this landmark album ensured Dylan’s legendary status, few knew of a “withdrawn version” that was scrapped. Dylan added four new songs at the last minute, replacing the original running order. However copies of the original version were printed. RecordMecca.com claims 20 copies exist, including a stereo copy which sold for $35,000 US.
The Beatles — “Ask Me Why”/“Anna” (1964)
In 2012 this 1964 single went for $35,000 US and is extremely rare. Only five are known to exist and were pressed and sent to various Los Angeles radio stations. The single is also notable for being released on Vee Jay, the label the Fab Four were signed to prior to Capitol in America.
Velvet Underground and Nico (Scepter Studios Acetate) (1966)
(Photo by Laurs via Flickr)
Two acetate copies of these recordings from Scepter Studios exist. One belonged to drummer Maureen Tucker. In 2006 the other known copy was auctioned for $25,200 US but was auctioned again in 2014 for roughly $15,000 US. The 2006 buyer told Rolling Stone in 2014 he was a “big Velvet Underground fan” but not a huge fan of this album.
The Beatles – Yesterday And Today (Butcher Cover) (1966)
In March, 1966 The Beatles took part in “A Somnambulant Adventure,” a conceptual art piece by photographer Robert Whitaker. One photo included them with baby doll parts and bloodied meat all around them. It became the cover. After issuing an estimated 750,000 copies Capitol recalled the album. A mint condition stereo copy went for $15,300 US on eBay in late 2013.