Vinyl records haven’t faded into oblivion yet. Hundreds of years before tapes, cassettes, and digital reproductions, vinyl records were popular - and are still influencing the music industry. Not surprisingly, the original copies of the records are now jewels, fetching a lot of money. First of all, they are rare and intricate. But also, for many fans, it’s a relic from their favorite band’s golden days. So, with that being said, here are the most expensive records ever, easily fetching thousands of dollars.
The Quarrymen: In Spite of all the Danger
Released in 1958 by McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, the copy of the original song was estimated for over 150,000 US dollars. Other singers involved in the record include Colin Hanton and John Lowe. Later on they went on to form The Beatles. The 1981 reproduction has a $15,600 price tag. Perhaps, the realization of its value saw the US government list the song in the National Recording registry in 2005.
Sex Pistols: God Save the Queen
Considered by many as controversial, “God Save the Queen” by the Sex Pistols was an undeniable hit in the airwaves of Europe and beyond. Perhaps even thanks to those very controverses, this record is worth up to 20,000 US dollars now, close to four decades after it was recorded. Talking about the tribulations of the working class in the UK, the production coincided with Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. At the time, top media houses in the UK couldn’t give the song airplay for fear of reprisal from the authorities. That notwithstanding, the song topped various charts including NME and UK Singles.
Queen: I am in Love with my Car
Valued at $7,000, the special edition of the single came with miscellaneous accessories, namely matches, pen and ticket, a menu, and an outer card sleeve among others. The 1975 recording by Roger Taylor was the only song of the album produced in the band’s fourth studio. Amazingly, the lyrics of the song were first taken as a joke by Brian May. Even though Taylor was serious about the song, his colleague wasn’t, after hearing the demo of the recording. In the late 70s and early 80s, the song enjoyed live plays in Europe.
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