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Vinyl Records Worth A Fortune Today

Amanda SchillerMonday 13 September 2021

Even in today’s world of constant change, it feels as though the music industry evolves almost every other year. Vinyl records used to be the best way to listen to music but were quickly replaced by tapes, which were much smaller. However, tapes were then replaced by CDs which offered a better listening experience. CDs didn’t last too long before they too were replaced by the iPod and iTunes, which promised to put thousands of songs in your pocket. Finally, after a few generations of iPods, we’ve arrived at music streaming offered by Spotify or Apple music.

However, as they say, what goes around comes back around. Even though they’re several generations removed in terms of functionality, vinyl records are back in style as collector’s items. In fact, there’s a good chance that some of the vinyl records that you used to own (and maybe still do) are worth much more today.

Here are a few vinyl records that are worth a fortune today.

Diamond Dogs” by David Bowie (1974)

This album was originally released with cover art that depicted a dog’s genitalia. However, shortly after the release the studio got nervous and decided to airbrush that section off the cover art. A few employees chose to keep their records with the original cover art and one was later sold on eBay for $3,500 in 2003.

Given the fact that this was almost 20 years ago and that Bowie has since passed, it’s likely that these copies would sell for much more today.

Stormy Weather” by The Five Sharps’ (1952)

Stormy Weather” was the Five Sharps’ first and only record as a limited release. Irv Rose borrowed the record to play on his radio program and accidentally broke it. He offered a reward for anyone who could come up with a replacement, which sent off a nationwide search for the record. This frenzy of searching made “Stormy Weather” one of the most sought-after doo-wop records and only three ever turned up. Of the three one was chipped, one was cracked, but one was in good condition.

The good condition copy of this record is now estimated to be worth about $25,000.

God Save The Queen” single by the Sex Pistols (1977)

The Sex Pistols signed with A&M Records in 1977 and recorded just one single before being dropped due to their unruly behavior. This single was never officially released, however, a few copies were given to top A&M Records executives as departure gifts when the London office closed in 1998.

These singles are known to fetch prices as high as $20,000 today.

“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” by Bob Dylan (1963)

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” went through a last-minute change right before it was released and four songs were replaced with different tracks. However, there was a pressing error at the factory where they were manufactured and a handful of copies were released that contained the original four songs (before the update).

If you find yourself in possession of a copy that contains the original four songs then you could be about $35,000 richer.

Yesterday and Today” by The Beatles (1966)

This record was originally released with cover art that showed the band members in butcher smocks draped with pieces of meat. It was only on sale for one day in limited areas and the feedback was instant…people hated to cover art. It was quickly pulled and updated with a more acceptable cover.

A mint-condition copy from 1966 with the butcher smock cover art could be worth as much as $38,000

Acetate Disk” by The Quarrymen (1958)

Even if you don’t recognize the band The Quarrymen you’ll probably recognize the names John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney. These three legends played originally played with John Lowe and Colin Hanton in a band called The Quarrymen. When Lowe and Hanton left the group, the other three went on to form The Beatles.

Acetate Disk has “That’ll Be the Day” on one side and “In Spite of All the Danger” on the other. This record is estimated to be worth up to $200,000.

As music tastes and styles are constantly evolving, don’t expect this list to stay stagnant for very long. That being said, be sure to keep your eye out the next time that you are at a garage sale because you never know what will end up being a diamond in the rough!

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