The time when everyone had to put an disc on the record player to listen to his favorite song has long been past. Music is streamed more often than selling a physical album, but it may be wise to invest in a record collection. A number of music records are worth a lot. On auctions, unique copies are sometimes sold for millions. Have you wondered which records are worth so much? These are the top 10 most expensive music records ever sold.
10. “Caustic Window” – Aphex Twin (€ 40,000)
You would say that the most expensive albums in the world are also the oldest albums, but nothing is less true. The number 10 of this list dates back to 1994. This techno album was never officially published, so there were only a few copies in the world. After an action on Kickstarter where fans called for a digital version of this rare album, the popularity of Caustic Window increased. There was enough money to make a digital version. After the kickstarter action, the physical album for € 40,000 was sold to the creator of Minecraft.
9. “What More Can I Give” – Michael Jackson (€ 42,750)
Michael Jackson is one of the biggest icons ever known to the music world, so it’s not strange that one of his albums has been on this list. This single was written by the King of Pop in response to the attacks of September 11th. He worked with artists like Beyoncé , Usher and Britney Spears to record the song.Nevertheless, this album was never really released, and nobody knows why. The value of this single has only grown after Michael Jackson’s death, because it’s the last song that the singer has ever finished. Now, of course, everyone is wondering what the song sounds like right now:
8. “Love Me Do” – The Beatles (€ 85,500)
You will still see the Beatles a couple of times in this list, because this group is still so popular today that some of their albums are worth gold. Love Me Do is the first single ever released by The Beatles. A record of this song has thus become a nice collectors item. But not every version of Love Me Do is worth so much money. It’s the rare demo version where collectors spend a lot of money, so they can hear the raw side of the early Beatles.
7. “Till There Was You” – The Beatles (€ 88,000)
The Beatles were always known for the diversity that showed the band in their recordings. Till There Was You is an important example of that diversity. The song was a cover and was originally from the old musical The Music Man. Here the band showed their sensitive side, and the love for Broadway . A record of this song is not worth a lot of money, but the version that was auctioned in 2016 was special.In addition to the demo of this song, that album included a demo of Hello Little Girl, another song of the band.
6. “Yesterday and Today” – The Beatles (€ 107,000)
When the Beatles had a photo shoot for their new music record, the band members decided to make a lugubere cover on which they could be seen with percussion wear, beheaded baby dolls and flattering meat. The cover was not meant to be a big deal, because the band wanted to criticize the effects of the Vietnam War. The cover did not fall into taste and was often destroyed or discarded by fans or sellers.That’s why a dot version of this cover-plate is worth a little fortune.
TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE MUSIC RECORDS EVER SOLD
5. “Double Fantasy” – John Lennon and Yoko Ono (€ 128,250)
This time no album from The Beatles, but a record of one of the band members and his wife. The value of this record has increased due to the death of the musician. Double Fantasy was the last music record released by Lennon before his death. That makes this album worth only a ton. A special copy was sold at this price, namely the record that Lennon’s killer had signed by the musician. A few hours after putting this signature, John Lennon was killed by Mark Chapman.
4. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band “- The Beatles (€ 248,000)
It is considered by many music lovers to be the best album of The Beatles, and perhaps even the best album ever made. It is therefore not crazy that a plate of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band was sold with signatures from all band members for more than 250,000 euros.
3. “My Happiness” – Elvis Presley (€ 256,250)
Just another thing than The Beatles, because Elvis Presley is also an icon in music. This precious record was recorded by the singer himself in the time that Presley had not yet broken. He was only 18 years old when recording My Happiness. That makes this album so precious, as it is the first music record ever recorded by Elvis Presley’s work.
2. “The White Album” – The Beatles (€ 675,000)
Although this record was printed five million times, each record received a unique number code like collectibles. This was actually meant to be a joke, but at the same time there was a huge demand for albums that were numbered as low as possible. An album that had the number 5 was worth more than 15,000 euros, but the value of number 0000001 beat everything. Band member Ringo had this copy in his possession, and in 2015 it was auctioned for the absurd high price of 675,000.
1. “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” – Wu-Tang Clan (€ 1,710,000)
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The number 1 of this list is amazingly not an album of The Beatles. This album from Hip Hop Group Wu-Tang Clan was sold for two million dollars in 2015. What makes the record so unique is that there is only one in the world, and that the new owner is the only one in the world who can listen to the group’s album until the year 2103.