Antiques website,, in partnership with vinyl expert, Phil Barton, have compiled a list of the most valuable vinyl records in the world. Depending upon whether they were manufactured as a one-off, or if they were previously owned by a celebrity, the price of the vinyl may shoot sky high. We take a look at the 20 most valuable records.


  1. “White Album” by The Beatles originally owned by Ringo Starr – $908,621 (£730,876)

The Beatles drummer sold off his copy at an auction in 2015. Incidentally, he owned the very first copy of the iconic 1968-album. The second, third and fourth pressings were owned by the other members of the band.


  1. “That’ll Be The Day/In Spite of All The Danger” by The Quarrymen – $1,24,319 (£100,000)

Before the Beatles was formed, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were part of the British skiffle group, The Quarrymen. Recorded in July 1958, “In Spite of All The Danger” was one of their first tracks, making the vinyl a must-have for all collectors.


  1. “Love Me Do” by The Beatles – $100,077 (£80,500)

Complete with the count-in, there is only one pressing of the unedited version of the song available on a one-sided acetate. This is a prized trophy in any Beatles collection.


  1. “Music for Supermarkets” by Jean-Michel Jarre – $12,431 – $37,295 (£10,000 – £30,000)

In 1983, the virtuoso French composer made a single copy of the album and then destroyed the master tapes, which is why this record is expensive as well as rare.


  1. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Frank Wilson – $31,079 (£25,000)

This 1965-soul track was the only Motown single released by the American singer and hence, is a prized collector’s item.


  1. “God Save The Queen” by Sex Pistols – $14,918 (£12,000)

This was the British punk band’s last record with the A&M label. Only 300 copies were pressed, making this a true collector’s item.


  1. “Would You Believe” by Billy Nicholls – $12,431 (£10,000) Pressed in its original appearance, only a hundred copies of this psychedelic album were made.


  1. “Please Please Me” by The Beatles – $9,323 (£7,500)

Although Beatles records were produced in millions, the actual date and version of pressing can be figured out from the matrix numbers that are etched into the run-off groove. It is this number that decides whether the copy is one of the thousand regular ones, or a rare pressing.


  1. “Kind Hearted Woman Blues” by Robert Johnson – $8,702 (£7,000)

Not many photos of Robert Johnson exists. Add that on the cover, along with this rare 78 rpm Vocalion record, and you have a coveted collector’s item.


  1. “Bohemian Rhapsody/I’m in Love with My Car” by Queen – $6,215 (£5,000)

Specially designed to be an invite to a company event, the 7”-record came with matches, a pen, a ticket, a menu, an outer card sleeve, a scarf and an EMI goblet. The complete collection is extremely rare and valuable.


  1. “Pride” by U2 – $6,215 (£5,000)

Originally pressed in Australia, only five copies of the colored vinyl were made, making this remarkable U2 single a treasured buy.

  1. “Midsummer Night’s Scene/Sara Crazy Child” by John’s Children – $4,972 (£4,000)

The 1967-single was produced on 7”-record vinyl, but was never released. The unreleased records are now a rare collector’s item.


13           13. “Latch On/Only A Daydream” by Ron Hargrave – $3,729 (£3,000)

Only six UK copies are believed to exist, making the record an expensive and rare item to find.


14           14. “Led Zeppelin” by Led Zeppelin – $3,729 (£3,000)

Although the iconic debut album of the British band is very common, the initial cover pressing had the band’s name lettered in turquoise fonts. Later, it was replaced by the now-famous orange lettering, making the original a collector’s item.


  1. “Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You” by The Beatles – $3,729 (£3,000)

Only 250 demo copies of this 1962-single featured the misspelled name, “McArtney” on print, making it a must-have for any true Beatles fan.


  1. “Space Oddity/Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud” by David Bowie – $3,729 (£3,000)

An extremely rare record, only a few copies with an unreleased picture sleeve are believed to exist.


  1. “Tinkerbells Fairydust LP” by Tinkerbells Fairydust – $3,729 (£3,000)

This eponymous 1969-album by the British pop group was marked by its unusual packaging and a laminated front sleeve with a mono stereo “peephole” in the back.


  1. “Erotica” by Madonna – $2,486 (£2,000)

The original album cover art featuring Madonna sucking on a toenail courted a lot of controversies and were immediately withdrawn from the stores after its 1992 release. The original cover is now considered to be a rare find.


  1. “Love is Strange” by Wings – $1,864-$2,486 (£1,500-£2,000)

A part of the Wings’ debut album, “Wild Life,” the single was supposed to have been released as a 7”-record. However, singer Paul McCartney changed his mind and the release never took place. Despite that, a few records were leaked out and have now turned into a collector’s item.


  1. “Tudor Lodge” by Tudor Lodge – $1,491 (£1,200)

This was the only album by the British folk music ensemble to be released under the iconic record company, Vertigo.


A laugh is a smile that bursts – Mary H. Waldrip


Happiness is…The Beatles White Album


  1. Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak?


Love is…enjoying the simple things of life together


While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Beatles

Highest Chart Position: No.1 on the Albums Chart as a track on The Beatles’ White Album