Thank you for joining us today as we will be discussing about Vinyl Records that are the most expensive in 2020. Vinyl records dates back to the 1931 and has since then been used to record audio since then. Since the world has transitioned to digital with different audio formats created, Vinyl record has gradually phased out. Vinyl records that seems to be long forgotten and belong to the dusters seems to be held with high value and highly sought after. This has motivated us to compile this article on the Top 10 Most Expensive Vinyl Records in 2020.
TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE VINYL RECORDS IN 2020
Those who used to listen to music on vinyl records will appreciate why these records are selling at a high price. Not everyone is familiar with vinyl record with the advent of mp3s, mp4s, WMA, FLV, and others. Interestingly, vinyl record is selling at a high price as such, we have compiled the 10 Most Expensive Vinyl Records in 2020. Take a quick look below.
- Wu-Tang Clan: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
- The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)
- Elvis Presley: ‘My Happiness’
- The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Signed)
- John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy
- The Beatles: Yesterday & Today
- The Beatles: ‘Till There Was You’ (10″ Acetate)
- Aphex Twin: Caustic Window
- Tommy Johnson: ‘Alcohol and Jake Blues’
- Frank Wilson ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’
Top 10 Most Expensive Vinyl Records in 2020.
- #1. Wu-Tang Clan: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin
- Price Sold: $2 Million
Opening the curtain of our discourse is the Wu-Tang Clan “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” record on Vinyl which happens to be the most expensive individual album ever sold in 2015. The record is the seventh studio album of the group and it was a limited copy with only “one” copy ever created. In fact, the album was recorded in secret for a period of six years. The album was then sold to Former hedge fund and drug company manager Martin Shkreli for $2 million making it One of the Top 100 most Valuable Vinyl Records.
- #2. The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)
- Price Sold: $790,000
The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) occupies the second spot sold for $790,000 at Julien's auction. The self-titled double album was released in 1968 and it is the ninth studio of the English rock band the Beatles. The copy 0000001 that sold for this huge amount was owned by Ringo Starr, the drummer of the Beatles. Also, the album is labelled among the Top 100 most Valuable Vinyl Records because of its rareness.
- #3. Elvis Presley: ‘My Happiness’
- Price Sold: $300,000
The Elvis Presley: ‘My Happiness’ is considered to be the third most expensive vinyl record on our list. The album which is highly valued because of its place in the career of Presley is also one of the Top 100 most Valuable Vinyl Records. The record is reported to be Presley’s first recording and it comprises of the two cover songs: ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.’ Jack White bought the rare vinyl record for $300,000. He later released a limited-edition reproduction of the song via his record label, Third Man Records.
- #4. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band (Signed)
- Price Sold: $290,500
Occupying the fourth spot on our list of Most Expensive Vinyl Records in 2020 is yet another Beatles self-titled album, The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band (Signed). It was the group’s eight studio album and it ranked number one on the Record Retailer chart in the UK for 7 months, and it also ranked number one on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the US for a little over 3 months.
The rare vinyl record was purchased in 2013 by an American buyer for $290,500. The sale was a huge surprise as it was expected to sell way lesser than that, in fact, at around $30,000.
- #5. John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy
- Price Sold: $150,000
Taking us further in our discourse is the seventh and final studio album of John Lennon, Double Fantasy. The album is the fifth album released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980 on Geffen Records. The album was the seventh and final studio album released by Lennon during his lifetime. The record was signed by John Lennon himself, just hours before his death in 1980. It went on to sell for $150,000 in 1999 earning it the fifth spot on our list.
- #6. The Beatles: Yesterday & Today
- Price Sold: $125,000
We have yet another album from the English rock group, the Beatles and that is The Beatles: Yesterday & Today coming in as the sixth most expensive vinyl record and also one of the Top 100 most Valuable Vinyl Records. The album was is the group’s ninth studio album and it was released in 1966 in the United States and Canada respectively. The album was sold in an auction for $125,000 in 2016, thereby becoming the most expensive copy of the record ever.
- #7. The Beatles: ‘Till There Was You’ (10″ Acetate)
- Price Sold: $110,000
Gradually closing in on finishing our discourse on Most Expensive Vinyl Records in 2020 is yet another record from The Beatles, the famous and popular English rock group and that is The Beatles: ‘Till There Was You’ (10″ Acetate), a scarce and rare vinyl record that is not easy to come by. The record was released in 1963 and on the Beatle’s second album, With the Beatles. The record sold for a record $110,000 in an auction held in 2016 making it to occupy the seventh spot on our list of most expensive vinyl records in 2020.
- #8. Aphex Twin: Caustic Window
- Price Sold: $46,300
Taking a break from the English rock group that seems to have plagued our list, coming in at the eight spot is the Aphex Twin: Caustic Window originally released in 1996 by Richard David James. One of the original test pressings was put up for sale on eBay in 2014 and was bought by Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, the creator of Minecraft, for whooping $46,300 making it the eight most expensive vinyl record on our list. This is not a surprise because the album was released in a limited (handful) copies causing to be rare and scarce to come by.
- #9. Tommy Johnson: ‘Alcohol and Jake Blues’
- Price Sold: $37,100
Tommy Johnson breaks into the list with his album ‘Alcohol and Jake Blues’ occupying the ninth spot on our list. The album is was released in 1930 and it’s one of the five songs that Johnson released for Paramount. The rare record was put on sale on eBay by an unknown seller in 2013 and it was bought by John Tefteller, an Oregon-based record collector for $37,100. He was named the winner of the rare vinyl record been the highest bidder. He bought the vinyl record because according to him it was better than the one, he had in his possession.
- #10. Frank Wilson ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’
- Price Sold: $37,000
Frank Wilson finds his way into the list with his ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’ single bringing us to the conclusion of our discourse on the Most Expensive Vinyl Records in 2020 coming in at the tenth spot our list. The song was first pressed in 1965 on the Motown subsidiary label Soul. About 250 copy of the song was released, in fact, there is rumour that there is just five of the record that is in circulation making it a rare vinyl record to come by.
However, one of the copies that earned this song a spot on this list was bought by an unknown buyer for a sum of $37,000 in 2009.
Conclusion on Top 10 Most Expensive Vinyl Records in 2020
There goes the 10 most expensive Vinyl Records in 2020 with The Beatles having the most of their albums on the list. Although vinyl records have greatly phased out, some of them are still appreciated because of the content they hold. For this reason, you can see how important it is to sometimes take care of your old stuff, you might not know who is willing to pay handsomely for them. Let us know what you think about this article by giving us a feedback.
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