The 10 most expensive vinyl records ever sold

Just like stamps, coins and baseball cards, some rare vinyls are considered a good investment. Here is a list of the ten most expensive albums ever sold.


You won’t believe how much these vinyls are worth

Maybe the vinyl record you are listening is worth a lot of money. Source: Freepik.

People can pay a lot of money for the things they love. But how much a music enthusiast would pay for an album? Let’s see what is the most expensive vinyl ever sold.

Some audiophiles might tell you that vinyl records are the only way to listen to music. Plus, it’s a fun hobby to collect vinyl records.

f you’re into collecting vinyls, then you’ll want to check out this list of the 10 most expensive vinyl records ever sold.

These ten records will make you a fortune if you find them in your attic today.

Over time, vinyl has become a highly sought-after commodity. Despite the advent of CDs and digital downloads, some music fans still swear by the sound quality of vinyl. 

In fact, with prices for rare records reaching into the thousands of dollars, it’s no wonder! Here are 10 of the most expensive vinyl records ever sold.

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10. Tommy Johnson: ‘Alcohol and Jake Blues’ 

The record was sold at auction for $37,100. The record is a rare example of Johnson’s work, and there are only two copies of it. 

The other copy is owned by the British Museum. The record is believed to date from around 1930 and was most likely recorded in Mississippi.

Also, it is probably one of the earliest examples of Blues music.

9. Scaramanga Silk – Choose Your Weapon

These musicians have recorded the most expensive albums in the history of music. Source: Freepik.

At $41,095 per copy, it’s not for the faint of the wallet. But what do you get for your money? Well, for starters, the vynil is made from solid gold. Yes, that’s right – solid gold.

It also has diamonds, making it quite a dazzling piece. And if that wasn’t enough, it comes in a handcrafted case made from exotic woods. 

8. Aphex Twin: Caustic Window (test pressing)

The record was put up for sale on eBay in 2014, with a starting price of $46,300.

The unnamed buyer was clearly a diehard fan of the IDM pioneer, as the record is believed to be one of only 10 test pressings in existence. 

7. The Beatles: ‘Til There Was You’ (10” acetate) 

At $77,500, the Beatles’ “Til There Was You” acetate is one of the most expensive vinyl ever sold. 

The 10″ disc was cut by Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick in May 1963 and features an early take of the song with a slightly different arrangement.

The acetate was originally owned by Beatles fan Ray Coburn, who received it as a gift from Emerick. Coburn kept the disc in a frame on his wall for many years before selling it at auction in 2015. 

While the price may seem staggering, it’s actually not that surprising given the immense popularity of the Beatles. 

6. The Beatles: Yesterday & Today 

The vynil of The Beatles: Yesterday & Today, went for $125,000 at auction.

The record was originally released in 1966 and was the band’s ninth studio album. The album features the iconic image of the band dressed in butcher’s coats, holding raw meat and decapitated baby dolls. 

Because fo that, the album was quickly withdrawn and re-released with a new cover. However, copies of the original pressing with the controversial cover are now highly sought after by collectors. 

5. John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy

It’s no secret that John Lennon and Yoko Ono were musical icons, but did you know that their album “Double Fantasy” is one of the most expensive vinyl record ever sold? 

In 2015, a copy of the album was sold at auction for a whopping $150,000. 

The record itself is fairly unremarkable, but it holds a special place in history as the last album that Lennon worked on before his untimely death. As a result, it has become a highly sought-after collectors item. 

4. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (signed)

These albums have a high-quality and are worth the money. Source: Freepik.

At an auction in 2013, a copy of the album signed by all four Beatles was sold for $290,000. That’s more than most people make in a year! 

The album was originally released in 1967 and quickly became a sensation. It’s been praised for its innovative approach to songwriting and production, and its influence can still be heard in contemporary music.

3. Elvis Presley: ‘My Happiness’ 

The record was reportedly sold for $300,000 at an auction in Dallas. The buyer remains anonymous, but they must be a huge Elvis fan (or have a lot of money to burn). 

The record is a demo that Elvis recorded in 1953, and it’s believed to be the first recording he ever made. 

2. The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)

The record went for $790,000 at an auction in 2015. It was pressed on white vinyl and was limited to just 1,000 copies.

Before this, the particular copy was owned by Ringo Starr and was signed by all four members of the band. 

Undeniably, it’s not surprising that this record would fetch such a high price. Obviously becoming one of the most sought-after items by Beatles fans around the world.

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

The most expensive vinyl ever sold is the Wu-Tang Clan album “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.” 

The album was sold for $2 million in 2015. The person who purchased the album, Martin Shkreli, is a controversial figure in the pharmaceutical industry. 

In fact, he is best known for price gouging on drugs. Therefore earning him the nickname “Pharma Bro.” 

Thus, the Wu-Tang Clan has been critical of Shkreli since he purchased the album. In addition, they have said that he did not respect their art and only bought the album to prevent others from hearing it. 

The best-selling musical instrument in history.

If you’re a musician, it’s a question you’ve probably asked yourself at some point: what’s the best-selling musical instrument of all time? Is it the guitar? The piano? The drums?  

Surprisingly, it’s none of the above. After some digging, we were able to answer that very question. Read on to find out more about it.

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About the author  /  Vinicius Barbosa

Vinicius Barbosa is a writer of finance-related content on this portal. Graduated in Social Communication, he writes about everything that involves the world of finances, from credit card recommendations to investment tips, for readers who want to make better decisions when it comes time to spend their money or invest wisely.

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