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The 30 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Ever Sold

Are Vinyl Records your favorite choice to listen to music? Do you want to know the Most Expensive Vinyl Records Ever Sold?

Then you’re up for some surprises!!

Listening to music and songs from Vinyl Records is classy as always. Heck, it is even cool to have one in your drawer, right??

You might be wondering what Vinyl Records are made up of?

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Playing Vinyl Record
Playing Vinyl Record-Nostalgic (Source: Pxfuel.com)

Well, before 1940, Vinyl Records were made from Shellac and were called Phonograph Records. But later, Polyvinyl Chloride was introduced, and hence, they are called Vinyl Records.

Over the years, Vinyl Records have rocked our world. Not until later, modern tech replaced them.

But some people prefer them every once in a while to enjoy the classics.

Though, the prices of Vinyl Records are a bit expensive. They are just worth the price!

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S. No. Vinyl Record Price
30. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn – Pink Floyd $6,500
29. After The Fall – October $6,500
28. Chung King Can Suck It – Judge $6,506
27. Speed, Glue & Shinki – Speed, Glue & Shinki $6,575
26. Growers Of Mushroom – Leaf Hound $6,626
25. Hard Lovin Woman / I’m Losing Again – Ray Agee $6,632
24. The Love Cycle – Forever Amber $6,849
23. She’s Wanted – Larry Clinton $7,000
22. David Bowie – David Bowie $7,227
21. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin $7,260
20. Yes – Pet Shop Boys $8,033
19. Melody A.M. – Röyksopp $8,868
18. Mourning Phase – Mourning Phase $10,843
17. Would You Believe – Billy Nicholls $11,084
16. Supernatural Girl – Ferris Wheel $13,698
15. Ummagumma – Pink Floyd $ 14,457
14. Love Me Do – The Beatles $15,410
13. God Save The Queen – Sex Pistol $20,000
12. The Black Album – Prince $27,500
11. ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson $35,000
10. Alcohol And Jake Blues – Tommy Johnson $37,100
9. Choose Your Weapon – Scaramanga Silk $41,096
8. Caustic Window – Aphex Twin $46,300
7. ‘Till There Was You – The Beatles $90,000
6. Yesterday & Today – The Beatles $125,000
5. Double Fantasy – John Lennon & Yoko Ono $150,000
4. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles $290,000
3. My Happiness – Elvis Presley $300,000
2. The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles $790,000
1. Once Upon A Time In Shaolin – Wu-Tang Clan $2 Million

Most Expensive Vinyl Records Ever Sold

The information is collected from sources like Discogs and Far Out Magazine.

30. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn – Pink Floyd

Total Price: $6,500

Sold: September 30, 2020

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - Pink Floyd
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn-Pink Floyd-Vinyl Record (Source: Flickr.com)

“The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” is an album collection that psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd released in 1967.

Likewise, there are 11 songs altogether on this record.

Nonetheless, all the songs by Pink Floyd are fantastic.

29. After The Fall – October

Total Price: $6,500

Sold: October 8, 2020

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records After The Fall - October
After The Fall-October-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

The next most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold is the ”After The Fall” by October.

Likewise, the band released this album in the year 1979.

There are six tracklists in this album which plays for about 34 minutes and 20 seconds in total.

28. Chung King Can Suck It – Judge

Total Price: $6,506

Sold: March 24, 2015

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Chung King Can Suck It - Judge
Chung King Can Suck It-Judge-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

 

“Chung King Can Suck It” is the music album by one of the most popular bands,” -Judge.”

This album was released in the year 1989.

Furthermore, due to the release of fewer copies, their collections are always hard to get.

27. Speed, Glue & Shinki – Speed, Glue & Shinki

Total Price: $6,575

Sold: August 30, 2020

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Speed, Glue & Shinki
Speed, Glue & Shinki- Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

 

Next, the most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold is the album “Speed, Glue & Shinki.”

Japanese Psychedelic rock band Speed, Glue & Shinki released this album in the year 1972.

Here is the fascinating part: the band’s name was created from the nicknames of each of the band members.

26. Growers Of Mushroom – Leaf Hound

Total Price: $6,626

Sold: May 10, 2017

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Growers Of Mushroom - Leaf Hound
Growers Of Mushroom-Leaf Hound-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

“Growers of Mushroom” is the most sought-after Vinyl Record of all time.

This heavy rock classic was composed by the British band named Leaf Hound.

Similarly, it was released in the year 1971.

Interestingly, this collection was the debut album by Leaf Hound.

25. Hard Lovin Woman / I’m Losing Again – Ray Agee

Total Price: $6,632

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Hard Loving Woman - Ray Agee
Hard Loving Woman-Ray Agee-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

The next most expensive Vinyl ever sold is the “Hard Loving Woman/ I’m Losing Again” by Ray Agee.

This soul-styled song was released in the year 1967.

Similarly, “Hard Loving Woman/ I’m Losing Again” was sold for $6,632 in Discogs.

Moreover, there are just two songs on the record, but they are the most successful songs by Ray Agee.

24. The Love Cycle – Forever Amber

Total Price: $6,849

Sold: June 27, 2017

The Love Cycle - Forever Amber
The Love Cycle-Forever Amber-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

“The Love Cycle” is Forever Amber’s album and is one of the most expensive Vinyl Records.

This album was released in the year 1969.

Initially, there were just 99 copies of this album ever released, which makes it very expensive.

23. She’s Wanted – Larry Clinton

Total Price: $7,000

Sold: July 23, 2019

She's Wanted
She’s Wanted-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

The next most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold is the soul-styled song “She’s Wanted” by versatile musician Larry Clinton.

This R&B and soul-genre song was released in 1965.

Similarly, the record size was 7” with a speed of 45 RPM.

22. David Bowie – David Bowie

Total Price: $7,227

Sold: March 28, 2016

David Bowie
David Bowie-Vinyl Record (Source: Flickr.com)

Another most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold is the album by the famous English songwriter and singer David Bowie.

During the initial years, David Bowie experienced a significant failure from his self-titled album David Bowie.

However, later in 1969, he released his second album, which became a huge hit. After that, in 1970, he released a third album named “The World of David Bowie.”

Altogether, this David Bowie chronology is the most sought-after collection of all time.

21. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

Total Price: $7,260

Sold: December 10, 2019

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin-Led Zeppelin-Vinyl Record (Source: Flickr.com)

Led Zeppelin is an English Rock Band and one of the popular bands of all time.

Till today, their songs are much desired and are constantly in demand.

Similarly, the album “Led Zeppelin” was the debut album by the band, released in 1969.

Moreover, this album has a touch-up of folk and modern blues.

Therefore, Led Zeppelin’s album is one of the most expensive records ever sold.

20. Yes – Pet Shop Boys

Total Price: $8,033

Sold: March 22, 2018

Yes - Pet Shop Boys
Yes-Pet Shop Boys-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

Another of the most expensive Vinyl Records on the list is the album “Yes” by Pet Shop Boys.

The band released Pet Shop Boys in the year 2009.

This 48 minutes track was released in only 300 copies for the 11-disc Vinyl version.

19. Melody A.M. – Röyksopp

Total Price: $8,868

Sold: July 20, 2019

Melody A.M. - Röyksopp
Melody A.M.-Röyksopp-Vinyl record (Source: Discogs.com)

Norwegian electric duo Röyksopp released this studio album “Meloy A.M.

Likewise, it was released in the year 2002.

This album is by far their best album collection.

Moreover, there are ten tracklists in this album collection.

The songs by Röyksopp are always fabulous as their music is somewhat the mix of electric and dance music.

18. Mourning Phase – Mourning Phase

Total Price: $10,843

Sold: October 13, 2020

Mourning Phase - Mourning Phase
Mourning Phase-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

“Mourning Phase” is one of the rarest and the most expensive Vinyl Records of all time.

It was released in 1971 by Mourning Phase.

Furthermore, there are seven songs from this album that gives you strange mystical chills.

This album collection is worth the money indeed.

17. Would You Believe – Billy Nicholls

Total Price: $11,084

Sold: April 26, 2017

Would You Believe - Billy Nicholls
Would You Believe-Billy Nicholls-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

“Would You Believe” is an album collection of 12 songs by Billy Nicholls.

It was the first album of Billy Nicholls, released in 1968.

Similarly, there were only 100 copies of this album released during the initial promo.

Moreover, Billy’s album has a significant fan base.

16. Supernatural Girl – Ferris Wheel

Total Price: $13,698

Sold: December 28, 2015

Supernatural Girl - Ferris Wheel
Supernatural Girl-Ferris Wheel-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

“Supernatural Girl” is a folk-rock album collection by Ferris Wheel.

It was released in the year 1974 and was one of the rarest albums recorded.

Additionally, there are 14 tracklists altogether in this album.

The best part of this collection is it has the countryside atmosphere.

15. Ummagumma – Pink Floyd

Total Price: $14,457

Sold: August 16, 2018

Ummagumma-Pink Floyd
Ummagumma-Pink Floyd-Vinyl Record (Source: Flickr.com)

Another most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold is the “Ummagumma” by Pink Floyd.

It was sold in the year 1970.

This album collection has a mix of both studio and live recordings. The first disc is a collection of live albums, and the second is a studio album.

Interesting Fact: The title of the album is assumed to be the Cambridge slang for Sex. No wonder their songs are the best!!

14. Love Me Do – The Beatles

Total Price: $15,410

Love Me Do - The Beatles
Love Me Do-The Beatles-Vinyl Record (Source: Flickr.com)

“Love Me Do” is the initial promo by one of the world’s most popular bands, “The Beatles.”

It was their first single and was released in the year 1962.

Similarly, it was sold for $15,410 in Discogs on October 9, 2017.

Additionally, “Love Me Do” became one of the best and peaked singles.

13. God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols

Total Price: $20,000

God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols
God Save The Queen-Sex Pistols-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

The next most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold on the list is the album “God Save The Queen.”

It was one of the hit albums by one of the famous punk legends, “Sex Pistols.”

Moreover, there is a history behind this album. Sex Pistol’s contract with A&M Records didn’t go well, and the company demolished this album’s copies.

However, some copies slipped away and were released later.

Furthermore, one of the copies of this album was sold at auction for a whopping $20,000 in 2017.

12. The Black Album – Prince

Total Price: $27,500

The Black Album - Prince
The Black Album-Prince-Vinyl Record (Source: Flickr.com)

“The Black Album” is one of the most expensive Vinyl Records ever sold. This studio album is one of the best albums by Prince.

The Beatles released the Black Album in the year 1987.

Although this album is a collection of individual tracks, they become the most sought-after collection of all time.

Similarly, it was sold for a whopping $27,500 in Discogs on June 5, 2018.

11. ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson

Total Price: $35,000

'Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) - Frank Wilson
‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)-Frank Wilson-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

It was the only record by Frank Wilson, writer, and producer.

However, most of it was destroyed by Berry Gordy, director at Motown Records. There’s a rumor about Berry Gordy not liking Frank Wilson as a singer.

Later, it was sold for $35,000 at auction in 2009 as an exhibition for the rare aspect of his personality. Similarly, the buyer is still unknown.

Furthermore, it was also an appreciation of a man with such talent.

10. Alcohol And Jake Blues – Tommy Johnson

Total Price: $37,100

Alcohol And Jake Blues - Tommy Johnson
Alcohol And Jake Blues-Tommy Johnson-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

“Alcohol And Jake Blues” was released in the year 1930.

There were just two copies of this record, making it one of the rarest records.

Similarly, in 2013, the 78 RPM record got sold on eBay for $37,100.

Likewise, another might have been sold out in the auction or is still out there. It is worth a fortune now!!

9. Choose Your Weapon – Scaramanga Silk

Total Price: $41,096

Choose Your Weapon - Scaramanga Silk
Choose Your Weapon-Scaramanga Silk-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

“Choose Your Weapon,” composed by DJ Scaramanga Silk, is a studio album released in 2008.

This 12-inch single is one of the rarest records of all time.

It was sold for $41,096 at Discogs in December 2021 to an unknown buyer.

People were shocked by the news. Who could have thought an unknown DJ’s album would cost that high?

Furthermore, it became the record-breaking record ever sold at Discogs.

8. Caustic Window – Aphex Twin

Total Price: $46,300

Caustic Window - Aphex Twin
Caustic Window-Aphex Twin-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

“Caustic Window” is composed by Aphex Twin or Richard David James and is one of the most expensive Vinyl Records.

Likewise, this record was released in the year 1996. Similarly, it was listed for sale on eBay in 2014.

However, this vintage test pressing was sold for $46,300 to none other than the inventor of Minecraft Markus ‘Notch’ Persson.

Why is this vinyl record so unique???

There were only five copies of “Caustic Widow,” which makes it rare and expensive.

7. ‘Till There Was You – The Beatles

Total Price: $90,000

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records 'Till There Was You - The Beatles
‘Till There Was You-The Beatles-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

The next most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold is ‘Till There Was You” by The Beatles.

‘Till There Was You” was released in 1963. Similarly, one of its copies was sold for $90,000 at auction in 2016.

Moreover, the record is also known as “The Grail” because of its uniqueness.

There was also the handwriting of the Fab Four’s manager, Brian Epstein, on the record, which made it even more expensive.

6. Yesterday & Today – The Beatles

Total Price: $125,000

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Yesterday & Today - The Beatles
Yesterday & Today-The Beatles-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

Another most expensive Vinyl Record is “Yesterday & Today” by The Beatles.

This album was first released in the year 1966.

Similarly, this album is one of the most controversial albums by The Beatles because of the cover photo. The cover photo was somewhat creepy as there was a butchered doll.

However, a sealed stereo of this album was sold for $125,000 at an auction.

5. Double Fantasy – John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Total Price: $150,000

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Double Fantasy - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy-John Lennon & Yoko Ono-Vinyl Record (Source: Flickr.com)

“Double Fantasy” is the fifth most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold is by John Lennon & Yoko Ono.

It was released in the year 1980.

Interestingly this album was their fifth album together.

Moreover, this masterpiece got sold for $150,000 at an auction.

There was a signature of John Lennon himself in the album. He signed right before his death on 8th, December 1980.

Well, the buyer must be a very lucky one, although the price is exceptionally high.

4. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles

Total Price: $290,000

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band-The Beatles-Vinyl Record (Source: Flickr.com)

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is one of the Beatles’ best albums of all time.

The Beatles released this album in 1967. Likewise, it peaked and stayed on the charts for many weeks.

Similarly, in 2013, an unknown buyer purchased this album for $290,000.

Well, it was unbelievable because the estimated price was just $30,000.

Hence, the purchase made it one of the most expensive Vinyl Records ever sold.

3. My Happiness – Elvis Presley

Total Price: $300,000

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records My Happiness - Elvis Presley
My Happiness-Elvis Presley-Vinyl Record (Source: Discogs.com)

Who doesn’t know Elvis Presley, right?? He is one of the best artists of all time.

“My Happiness” was one of the first recorded songs of Elvis Presley, along with “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.”

Likewise, as rare it is, it got sold for $300,000 at an auction in 2015.

The buyer was none other than Jack White, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter.

2. The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles

Total Price: $790,000

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records The Beatles (White Album) - The Beatles
The Beatles (White Album)-The Beatles-Vinyl Record (Source: Soundcloud.com)

Surprised??

It is the second most expensive Vinyl Record ever sold.

White Album is the ninth album of The Beatles. The cover of the album is entirely White, of course, except for a serial number.

The owner of the first copy, Ringo Starr (drummer of The Beatles), decided to put this album at an auction.

Someone bought this album (album No. 0000001) for a staggering $790,000.

Well, who wouldn’t buy from the Ringo Starr himself? Only if you can splash some cash!!!

1. Once Upon A Time In Shaolin – Wu-Tang Clan

Total Price: $2 Million

 Most Expensive Vinyl Records Once Upon A Time In Shaolin - Wu-Tang Clan
Once Upon A Time In Shaolin-Wu-Tang Clan-Vinyl Record (Source: Wikimediacommons.com)

Wu-Tang Clan released the seventh album in 2015. Interestingly, there was only one copy of this album.

A Drug Company Manager, Martin Shkreli, bought this album at an unbelievable price of $2 Million.

Fun Fact: There was a contract between a buyer and a seller that the record can’t be released for another 100 years.

However, after 100 years, the buyer can release the record at his own will.

Till now, it is a mystery about what is on the record??? Although there were six years of effort for that record.

Guess that’s it!!!

Which Vinyl Record do you like the most?? Comment below!!

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