The 10 most valuable gramophone records ever
The growth of vinyl albums' popularity has been discussed five years ago, when a slowly dying music format suddenly received a second life. Since 2006, sales of gramophone records have been increasing every year: in 2007, for example, sales growth amounted to 37% against the backdrop of a 20 % decline in sales of CDs in the same year.
In this article, we present Top 10 most high-priced and outstanding gramophone records of all times.
- #10. That'll Be the Day / In Spite of All the Danger, The Quarrymen, $ 180 000-200 000 (1958)
The popular place among the other rarities is occupied by The Quarrymen - the music band which in a few years turned into The Beatles.
- #9. Double Fantasy, John Lennon, $ 150,000 (1980)
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon has signed his album Double Fantasy for his fan. Five hours later, the fan, holding the plate under his arm, shot John Lennon at the exit of the hotel Dakota.
- #8. Yesterday and Today, The Beatles, $ 45 000-85 000 (1966)
This rare compilation was released for only the US and Canadian market and contained the songs from the album Help!
- #7. The Freewheeling 'Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, $ 10 000-40 000 (1963)
This is a semioccasional version of the second studio album by Bob Dylan The Freewhelin 'Bob Dylan with four tracks, which aren’t included in the statutory track listing.
- #6. Velvet Underground & Nico, $ 25,200 (1966)
This nondescript record in 2002 was bought for 75 cents at a flea market by the resident of Montreal Warren Hill.
- #5. White Album, The Beatles, £ 10,000 (1968)
The gramophone record is designed by the conceptual artist Richard Hamilton, who in 1966 oversaw a sensational retrospective of Marcel Duchamp in the Tate Modern.
- #4. God Save the Queen, Sex Pistols, £ 5,000 (1977) This early version of the single God Save the Queen was recorded and made popular by Sex Pistols in 1977.
- #3. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen, £ 5,000 (1978)
The special gift with the single Bohemian Rhapsody was released by the edition of just 200 copies and became popular worldwide.
- #2. The Caine Mutiny, $ 6500-7000 (1954)
A separate caste among gramophone record collectors belongs to soundtracks. The Caine Mutiny is the brightest example of this hobby.
- #1. Space Oddity, David Bowie, $ 4700 (1969)
The leading single on the gramophone record was inspired by the space theme used outlandish sound effects.