The Sex Pistols, Queen and Led Zeppelin also fetching high prices
PJ Thorne

10:56 28th November 2016

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The Beatles have topped the list of most valuable vinyl records to own.

The band take the top spot with their White Album. They are joined by the likes of The Sex Pistols, Queen and Led Zeppelin.

A very rare copy of the Beatles iconic LP (owned by drummer Ringo Starr) was sold for $790,000 in 2015.

The bands 1963 single ‘Love Me Do’ is reported to be worth £80,000, due to there being only one known pressing of it. There are also versions of the LP ‘Please Please Me’ which can fetch up to £7,500.

The list goes as follows:

1. White Album by The Beatles originally owned by Ringo Starr - £730,876.
Ringo Starr sold his copy of the ‘White Album’, last year at auction for $910,000, which was the first ever to be created - the other Beatles members had the second, third and fourth pressings.     

2. That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger by The Quarrymen - £100,000
The 1958 original is the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe.    

3. Love Me Do by The Beatles - £80,500.
There is only one known pressing of the one-sided acetate, unedited version with count-in hence the huge price tag.    

4. Music For Supermarkets by Jean Michel Jarre - £10,000 - £30,000.
In 1983 Jarre made 1 copy of this album and then destroyed the master tapes, which is why the price is so high for this record.    

5. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Frank Wilson - £25,000.
Only 2 originals have ever surfaced on the Motown label offshoot Soul.    

6. God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols - £12,000.
Before they were kicked off the A&M label about 300 of these were pressed making this record very rare.    

7. Would You Believe by Billy Nicholls - £10,000.
Only 100 copies of this 60's psych/folk/rock album, pressed in its original guise, were manufactured.     

8. Please Please Me by The Beatles - £7,500
It’s important when buying Beatles albums to check the matrix numbers that are cut into the run off groove. These numbers will allow you to work out which pressing you have. As Beatles albums were made by the million it is often these numbers that make the difference between a £10 vinyl and a £1000 treasure    

9. Kind Hearted Woman Blues by Robert Johnson - £7,000.
Only two photographs of him exist and his 78's records are just as rare, especially those released on the Vocalion label.    

10. Bohemian Rhapsody/I’m In Love With My Car by Queen - £5,000.
The EMI special edition of the single was also an invite to a company event. For this reason, the 7” record came with matches, a pen, a ticket, a menu, an outer card sleeve, a scarf and an EMI goblet. If you have a complete collection with all of the different items, then this is extremely valuable.    

11. Pride by U2 - £5,000.
It was originally pressed in Australia on clear vinyl, coloured vinyl is extremely collectible especially when only 5 copies were made, like with this U2 album.     

12. Midsummer Night’s Scene/Sara Crazy Child by John’s Children - £4,000.
The single was pressed on 7” vinyl but for some reason was never released.    

13. Latch On/Only A Daydream by Ron Hargrave - £3,000.
There are only six UK copies known to exist hence the high valuation.     

14. Led Zeppelin’s 1969 first album - £3,000.
Led Zeppelin’s first vinyl album is very common, however the initial pressing had turquoise lettering of the band’s name on the front cover. It was swiftly replaced with the now familiar orange lettering.     

15. 'Love Me Do/PS I Love You' by The Beatles - £3,000
250 demo copies of this 1962 7” single contained the misspelling, ‘McArtney’.    

16. 'Space Oddity/Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud' by David Bowie - £3,000
Only a couple of copies of the 7” single with an unreleased picture sleeve are known to exist.     

17. Tinkerbells Fairydust LP by Tinkerbells Fairydust - £3,000
A slightly obscure British pop group, Tinkerbells Fairydust recorded this bubblegum psych album for Decca, but it was never released. It had extremely unusual packaging and a laminated front sleeve with a mono stereo ‘peephole’ on the back.     

18. Erotica by Madonna - £2,000.
Picture discs are also very collectible and when Madonna released this album in 1992, it was quickly withdrawn from sale because the toe-sucking image on the cover coincided with similar stories involving Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Consequently not many were sold so it’s a rare find.     

19. 'Love is Strange' by Wings - £1,500-£2,000.
“Love is Strange” was due to be released as a 7” from the Wildlife album, however Paul McCartney changed his mind at the last minute, however a few copies leaked out onto the market and are now valuable records.     

20. Tudor Lodge” by Tudors Lodges - £1200.
This is their one and only album and was released on the legendary Vertigo label.

This article should get us all rummaging through our vinyl collections and hitting the charity shops for a bargain and an

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