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The World's Most Expensive Vinyl Records


List of the most expensive Albums of all time

What's in the box? You have probably heard of it, but the number 1 most expensive Album is The Wu-Tang Clan's "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." It was produced as a "one off" copy, so I guess you could call that a pretty limited edition.


In 2015, the Wu-Tang Clan auctioned off the album with a stipulation that it could not be commercially released until 2103. The auction took place on the online marketplace Paddle8, and the winning bid was reported to be an eye watering (probably money laundering) $2 million USD. The buyer's identity remained undisclosed. That being the case, I instantly assumed it must have been Joe or Hunter Biden.


In July 2021 however, the same album was sold by the US government for an estimated $4 million USD, following its repossession from one of the most hated men on Earth, Martin Shkreli so one would assume he was the actual "undislosed" at the time.

Here are the others at the top of the list, or thereabouts, all in USD.

  1. "The Beatles" (The White Album) by The Beatles (1968) - Sold for $790,000 in 2015.

  2. "God Save the Queen" by Sex Pistols (1977) - Sold for $730,000 in 2003.

  3. "Double Fantasy" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1980) - Sold for $525,000 in 1999.

  4. "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" by Bob Dylan (1963) - Sold for $500,000 in 2014.

  5. "The Velvet Underground & Nico" by The Velvet Underground (1967) - Sold for $450,000 in 2006.

  6. "Yesterday and Today" by The Beatles (1966) - Sold for $325,000 in 2016.

  7. "The Black Album" by Prince (1987) - Sold for $27,500 in 2018 (not the most expensive, but still noteworthy).

  8. "Love Me Do" by The Beatles (1962) - Sold for $14,757 in 2011 (UK release with Ringo Starr on drums).

  9. "That'll Be the Day"/"In Spite of All the Danger" by The Quarrymen (1958) - Sold for £100,000 ($155,000) in 1981 (demo record predating The Beatles).

  10. "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" by Frank Wilson (1965) - Sold for £25,000 ($41,500) in the late 1970s (Motown single).


Conclusion? If that $790,000 Beatles Album had been at my place, it would have been a rather expensive frisbee or laser cut wall clock by now, having not realised I could have sold it. I like a few songs from the beatles, but I still don't get the hype of being the best band 'of all time'. I certainly know who the worst is though! Coldplay. Everytime I hear that music I rush to see if the cats ok before suddenly realising it's Chris Martin.

On that note, here's where you might find a great Album anyways-

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