The 5 Most Valuable Records Sitting in Your Basement

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By: Jaime Purvis Posted: 7:34 PM, Aug 6, 2016

Turn up the music! August 12 is National Vinyl Record Day! You may not realize that some of your old records are worth big bucks. Here are the five most valuable records based on recent auction sales.

1. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan

Dylan’s second album came out in 1963, but right before its release, the song list changed. When the record was sent out to the pressing plant, somehow the original version was printed instead of the updated version. After realizing the mistake, a majority of the records sold were with the correct list of songs. Only a few copies of the mistake pressings have surfaced and are worth a lot of money. One of those copies in mint condition sold for $35,000.

2. The Beatles (White Album) by The Beatles

The Beatle’s White Album was released in 1968. Members of the band and studio executives were given special copies stamped with serial numbers. The serial numbers began with A00000 and went A000001, A000002 and so on. If you somehow have a stamped record with a lower number, you’re in luck! The very first copy, which Clifford J. Yamasaki of Let It Be records had, sold in 2013 for $35,000. The copy with the number A0000023 sold at an auction for $13,750.

3. Diamond Dogs by David Bowie

The original copies of Diamond Dogs featured cover artwork that may not be appropriate for all ages. RCA records “got nervous” and airbrushed out “that area.” Some employees kept the originals, which was pretty smart! In 2003, a copy with the original artwork sold on eBay for $3,550.

4. “God Save The Queen”/"No Feelings” 7-inch by the Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols were signed by A&M Records in 1977 and famously dropped from the label six days later. The record company had already pressed 25,000 copies of their single “God Save the Queen” when they were ordered to be destroyed. However, nine copies have resurfaced since then and have been sold upward of $8,600. Nobody knows how many records were saved, but if you have one, cash it in!

5. Blue Note 1568 by Hank Mobley

In 1957, anywhere from 300 to 1000 copies of this record were released. Halfway through printing, they ran out of labels. Some record labels read, “47 West 63rd NYC” while others read “47 West 63rd New York 23” on one side. Even if you don’t have the special label, one of these records sold for almost $10,000 on eBay.

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