The rarer the record, the more valuable it is. It's exactly the case with vinyl records, and one of the reasons that they’ll never be replaced by digital albums. Here we've collected 20 of the most valuable vinyl records around, and you should probably check your garage just in case you may have one!
20. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin - $1,000
In 1969, the band debuted this record with a mix of original material and covers of blues songs. As iconic it is today, it's hard to imagine how much criticism it had at the time. Either way, no one can deny it's such a commercial success. Now, the record is worth about $1,000.
19. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue - $1,000
The most valuable record of the revolutionary jazz musician, Miles Davis, is 'Kind of Blue' from 1959. To create such a masterpiece was not an easy job, but a hardworking result of the best trumpeter in history as well as legends in many fields. You can now sell an original pressing of the classic album for $1,000.
18. David Bowie - The Prettiest Star - $2,000
'The Prettiest Star' was one of the most famous songs of the legendary musician, David Bowie. It was dedicated to his then future wife, Angela Barnett. Today, you can sell this precious record from 1973 for $2,000.
17. The Quarrymen - That'll Be the Day - $3,500
If you’re a music lover, you should know The Quarrymen well since they basically formed the Beatles. 'That'll Be the Day' was recorded as Buddy Holly's cover in 1958 and was later changed by the Beatles. If you're lucky enough to have a copy, you can earn about $3,500 with it.
16. David Bowie - Diamond Dogs - $3,550
'Diamond Dogs' (1974) was another valuable record of David Bowie. Bowie tended to shock everyone with his work, and this one did not disappoint. With such a powerful cover image, you can expect the record to be worth at least $3,550.
15. Elvis Presley - That's All Right - $4,000
Many believe 'That's All Right' was the first true rock-n-roll record ever made, but you may not know the backstage story. After a long break, Elvis just started jamming Arthur Crudup's song 'That's All Right, Mama,' which caught producer Sam Phillips's ear, and was quickly made into an album. Now, this one is worth around $4,000.
14. Elton John - I've Been Loving You - $5,000
To help with his career, Elton John credited Bernie Taupin a few times for songwriting, but he later admitted these were actually his own work. The single 'I've Been Loving You' is rare enough, but if you can find a Portuguese version, you'd be a lucky one. With a proper collector, you can sell it for about $5,000.
13. Hank Mobley - Blue Note 1568 - $11,162
In the '50s, Hank Mobley was an iconic figure in jazz history. He was so popular that the record label would even run out of prints. The Blue Note album with both labels of '47 West 63rd NYC' and '47 West 63rd New York 23' can be worth about $11,162.
12. The White Stripes - Lafayette Blues - $12,700
You may know there were only 15 copies of this record, but do you know each cover was hand-painted by Dave Buick, the founder of Italy records? If you had the chance and bought it for $6 in 1998, you can sell it now for $12,700.
11. The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man - $17,000
This record originally had a controversial cover with police officers standing over an injured protester and was self-censored by the record label. There was a riot in 1968 right before the release, so they decided to be cautious and destroyed all records with that label. There were about 18 copies saved, and one was sold for $17,000 in 2011.
10. Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) - $34,000
Frank Wilson decided to stay behind the scenes right after recording 'Do I Love You' and 'Sweeter As the Days Go By.' The Motown Founder then ordered the records destroyed, with only two surviving. One was kept in Motown's vault, and the other one was sold for about $34,000 in 2009.
9. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - $35,000
You may not realise but some copies can have the wrong songs pressed, due to someone missing the memo saying they wanted to replace a few tracks. Thus, if your copy ends in -1A with "Rocks and Gravel," "Let Me Die In My Footsteps," "Gamblin' Willie's Dead Man's Hand," "Talkin' John Birch Blues," it should be worth about $35,000.
8. Tommy Johnson - Alcohol And Jake Blues - $37,000
This record is indeed a rare one. There were only two found, and both now belong to the same person, John Tefteller, who accidentally found a copy on eBay and already owned one himself. It was sold for $37,000.
7. Prince - The Black Album - $42,300
It's sort of bizarre, but Prince actually paid the label to recall all the records because he thought his record was 'evil.' Later in 1994, he changed his mind and released a CD version. But as for the original vinyl records, an unopened American pressing was sold for $42,300, while an unsealed Canadian one sold for $27,500.
6. Aphex Twin - Caustic Window - $46,300
Also known as Caustic Window, Aphex Twin decided to abandon the project after finishing five copies. There was only one record that appeared on Discogs in 2017, which was sold for an astonishing $46,300.
5. The Beatles - Til There Was You - $77,500
The 10" acetate of an early demo was considered to be the 'holy grail' for Beatles record collectors. With a misspelled "Hullo Little Girl'' on the disc, the record features 'Til There Was You' and 'Hello Little Girl.' It was sold to an unnamed buyer in Warrington in March 2016 for $77,500.
4. The Beatles - Yesterday & Today - $125,000
As for the Beatles, another more valuable record would be their 'Yesterday & Today' with the original cover of John, Paul, George, and Ringo sitting with dismembered dolls and pieces of meat. It was later changed into something tamer, which made the original one so rare. A sealed copy was sold in 2013 for $125,000 and was then the most expensive copy of the record in history.
3. John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy - $150,000
Believe it or not, even a printing error can make one record more valuable than another. This copy of 'Double Fantasy' by John Lennon and Yoko Ono was sold in 1999 for an unbelievable $150,000. It's because it was signed by Lennon only hours before his death, and could be the last signed copy ever.
2. Elvis Presley - My Happiness - $300,000
Jack White, a huge vinyl collector, is the proud owner of one of the most valuable records in the world. He bought the test pressing of Elvis Presley's first-ever recording in 2015 for $300,000.
1. The Beatles - The Beatles (The White Album) - $790,000
Finally, the most expensive vinyl record goes for 'The Beatles' album. With a serial number of "A0000001", the very first copy of the band's self-titled album belonged to Beatles drummer Ringo Starr before he sold it at Julien's auction for $790,000.