Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In The Discogs Marketplace For August 2018

When Pink Floyd is mentioned around these parts, it’s usually because Dark Side Of The Moon has topped this list or that list. It’s a pretty common occurrence. However, this is not one of those instances. The top seller of August 2018 isn’t that behemoth. It’s an edition of the 1969 double LP Ummagumma. It went for $13,953, and that massive sale price raised eyebrows for multiple reasons.

First of all, only one record sold for more in 2018 — the one-of-a-kind sealed Canadian copy of Prince’s Black Album, which went for an eye-popping $27,500. This month’s number one is also the fourth highest seller of the last two years, behind an unreleased version of God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols and a promo copy of the first Beatles hit, Love Me Do, which routinely tops this list. Plus, last time a Pink Floyd release made it to the number top spot here, the price was nothing compared to this month. And that was for arguably Pink Floyd’s best record!

So now you’re thinking, “OK, why is a copy of Pink Floyd’s ninth best album worth $14,000? How can it compare to those other ultra-rare releases?” Yes it’s a Japanese promo copy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot. As always, our resident discography specialist Brent Greissle came to the rescue.

One consideration is the color. While something like red wax seems relatively commonplace these days, it wasn’t back then. In fact, colored LPs often weren’t meant for mass consumption. “The label used red vinyl for promos at the time, and the Ummagumma promo happened to get that treatment,” he pointed out. “Early 45s were all colored vinyl, and a few releases in the ’70s were entirely colored vinyl. But for the most part up until semi-recently, the majority of stuff is on black wax.”

There’s also the particular nature of this release. Oftentimes when crate digging, you’ll find one old promo copy after another. So many clipped corners! Not this time. “Given that it’s Floyd, I’d assume not many promo copies were made, given the lack of actual effort needed to promote it,” Brent reasoned. “I’d also assume that radio stations would have played their copies to death, so good, clean copies would be hyper-rare.”

That means even though it doesn’t have a captivating backstory like the Canadian Black Album or an unreleased God Save The Queen single, all the factors start compounding on one another to create a very specific type of rarity.

Now it’s time for you to dig into the rest of the top 30, where there are plenty more stories to be found — like the hand-decorated copy of Guided By Voices’ Propeller or the first single from a pre-Bowie Davie Jones.

  1. John And Philipa Cooper - The Cooperville Times

    John And Philipa Cooper – The Cooperville Times

    Sold for $1250.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: LP
    Country: South Africa
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  2. Elvis Presley - The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

    Elvis Presley – The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

    Sold for $1295.00 Label: Legacy, RCA
    Format: 30xCD, Comp
    Country: US
    Released: 2010
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Country, Gospel, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly

  3. David Bowie - The World Of David Bowie

    David Bowie – The World Of David Bowie

    Sold for $1298.00 Label: Decca
    Format: LP, Comp, TP
    Country: UK
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Folk Rock

  4. Little Joe Hinton - Let's Start A Romance / Your Kind Of Love

    Little Joe Hinton – Let’s Start A Romance / Your Kind Of Love

    Sold for $1300.00 Label: Arvee
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1961
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  5. August Tide - Laurie / Far Away Places

    August Tide – Laurie / Far Away Places

    Sold for $1300.00
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  6. Ghost (32) - Elizabeth / Death Knell

    Ghost (32) – Elizabeth / Death Knell

    Sold for $1315.00 Label: Iron Pegasus Records
    Format: 7″, Ltd, Red
    Country: Germany
    Released: 2010
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Doom Metal, Classic Rock

  7. The Beatles - Meet The Beatles

    The Beatles – Meet The Beatles

    Sold for $1315.00 Label: Capitol Records
    Format: 7″, Jukebox
    Country: US
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Beat

  8. Pöbel - Es Lebe Hoch Die Perversion

    Pöbel – Es Lebe Hoch Die Perversion

    Sold for $1358.00 Label: Panza-Platte
    Format: 7″
    Country: Austria
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  9. July (3) - July

    July (3) – July

    Sold for $1394.00 Label: Major Minor
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  10. Melvins - Endless Residency

    Melvins – Endless Residency

    Sold for $1395.00 Label: Amphetamine Reptile Records
    Format: 5×12″, Red + 3×12″, S/Sided, Red + Box, Ltd, HAZ
    Country: US
    Released: 2011
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Alternative Rock

  11. Ron B (3) And The Step 2 Crew - Stitch By Stitch / Live Entertainer

    Ron B (3) And The Step 2 Crew – Stitch By Stitch / Live Entertainer

    Sold for $1400.00 Label: Asiatic Records
    Format: 12″
    Country: US
    Released: 1990
    Genres: Hip Hop

  12. Michael Garrick Septet - Black Marigolds

    Michael Garrick Septet – Black Marigolds

    Sold for $1433.00 Label: Argo (2)
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Jazz

  13. Masayuki Takayanagi Quintet - Flower Girl

    Masayuki Takayanagi Quintet – Flower Girl

    Sold for $1453.00 Label: Not On Label
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Latin Jazz

  14. Love Company (2) - Somebody Help Me Be Fair / Love Tempo

    Love Company (2) – Somebody Help Me Be Fair / Love Tempo

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: SRO Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  15. Mayhem - Deathcrush

    Mayhem – Deathcrush

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Posercorpse Music
    Format: 12″, EP, Ltd
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1987
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  16. Eminem - Infinite

    Eminem – Infinite

    Sold for $1588.00 Label: Web Entertainment
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1996
    Genres: Hip Hop
    Styles: Hardcore Hip-Hop, Conscious

  17. Don Rendell Ian Carr 5tet - Dusk Fire

    Don Rendell Ian Carr 5tet – Dusk Fire

    Sold for $1802.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Contemporary Jazz, Modal

  18. Raymond Harper & The Melody Makers (4) / The Enchanters (3) - Safari

    Raymond Harper & The Melody Makers (4) / The Enchanters (3) – Safari

    Sold for $1818.00 Label: Doctor Bird
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Jamaica
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Ska

  19. Guided By Voices - Propeller

    Guided By Voices – Propeller

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Rockathon, Old Age / No Age
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl
    Country: US
    Released: 1992
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

  20. Blues Addicts - Blues Addicts

    Blues Addicts – Blues Addicts

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Spectator Records
    Format: LP
    Country: Denmark
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  21. Dangerous Rhythm (2) - No, No, No

    Dangerous Rhythm (2) – No, No, No

    Sold for $2099.00 Label: Orfeon
    Format: 7″, EP, Mono
    Country: Mexico
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  22. Davy Jones - You've Got A Habit Of Leaving

    Davy Jones – You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving

    Sold for $2325.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: UK
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock

  23. Gary Walker & The Rain - Album No. 1

    Gary Walker & The Rain – Album No. 1

    Sold for $2325.00 Label: Philips
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock

  24. Lazy Smoke - Corridor Of Faces

    Lazy Smoke – Corridor Of Faces

    Sold for $2500.00 Label: Onyx (5)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Beat

  25. The Beatles - Please Please Me

    The Beatles – Please Please Me

    Sold for $2558.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Bla
    Country: UK
    Released: 1963
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat, Rock & Roll

  26. The Smiths - Reel Around The Fountain / Jeane

    The Smiths – Reel Around The Fountain / Jeane

    Sold for $2763.00 Label: Rough Trade
    Format: 7″, TP, W/Lbl
    Country: UK
    Released: 1983
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Alternative Rock

  27. Jean Dubuffet - Pleure et Applaudit

    Jean Dubuffet – Pleure et Applaudit

    Sold for $2905.00 Label: Galleria Del Cavallino Venise
    Format: 10″, Ltd, Num
    Country: France
    Released: 1961
    Genres: Non-Music, Classical
    Styles: Spoken Word, Experimental, Free Improvisation, Noise

  28. Opus (9) - The Atrocity / Good Procedures

    Opus (9) – The Atrocity / Good Procedures

    Sold for $3500.00 Label: Catatonic Records (3)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  29. Davie Jones With The King Bees - Liza Jane

    Davie Jones With The King Bees – Liza Jane

    Sold for $3947.00 Label: Vocalion Pop
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: UK
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Rock, Blues, Pop
    Styles: Beat, Rhythm & Blues

  30. Pink Floyd - Ummagumma

    Pink Floyd – Ummagumma

    Sold for $13953.00 Label: Odeon
    Format: 2xLP, Album, Promo, Red
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Experimental, Classic Rock

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15 Comments
  • Dec 6,2018 at 11:27 am

    … Careful with that axe, Eugene …

  • Nov 2,2018 at 7:50 am

    I used to have that OPUS 45. Killer punk band from Silverlake (Los Angeles, Ca) where I grew up.
    I was friends with one of the band member’s little brother Sean. We sat next to each other in
    5th, and 6th grade class. He knew I was starting to get heavily into punk rock, so one day
    when I was over at his house after school, he gave me a copy of that single, and said, “Hey
    you’ll probably want this record since you like punk. It’s my older brother’s band, and
    he gave it to me, but I don’t like it too much because all my brother friends act like
    stupid jerks when they come over, and tell me they’re gonna beat me up for no reason.
    So I’m like all, “sure, I’ll take it” Needless to say it was the first real underground
    punk record I ever owned. Loved it.

  • Nov 2,2018 at 7:22 am

    Obviously you can’t type in English. Well guess what, my friend? I can’t read German.
    Just for the record, though, the conversation did start out in English. but I
    promise I will try my best to learn how to read in German

  • Oct 26,2018 at 4:01 am

    Money laundering?

    Maybe I’ve watched the Ozarks too much.

  • Oct 11,2018 at 8:03 pm

    @xiphophilos , it’s none of your business what that individual does with their own money.

  • Oct 9,2018 at 11:59 pm

    “Ninth best album”?!? Ummagumma is among my top 5 Pink Floyd albums, for sure… :-O

  • Oct 8,2018 at 2:48 am

    @groovatronics

    There were no certificates of authenticity or provenance mentioned in the listing. While that might be part of why the seller listed it at such a high price, most collectors won’t purchase something this expensive without proof of authenticity. That makes me think the signatures aren’t as much of a factor as one might think at first glance.

  • Oct 7,2018 at 11:11 pm

    Oh okay I just looked up the history, and here’s the description: “Original Japanese promo only red vinyl,Extremely rare. Complete with obi.Signed by all 4 members inside the gatefold cover”

    Autographed. That makes way more sense. Surprised the discogs blogger didn’t mention it.

  • Oct 7,2018 at 11:08 pm

    As with a lot of popular collectibles (Beatles, Dylan, Stones, etc.) there were hundreds and hundreds of versions for each record they put out. So, while bins are crammed with many “low-value” editions, there are also peculiar oddities like this one. For the wealthy collector with a severe case of “gotta catch em all” syndrome, these foreign editions are must-haves. Sometimes they are only marginally different, but some people feel that the only way to truly complete their collection is to have every single edition. I think that’s the only possible explanation for this Ummagumma price tag.

    My question is how the hell did the seller come up with €12,000? It would make sense if this sold at an eBay auction or something. But they literally listed it at that price, and somehow found a buyer to bite the hook. That’s what strikes me as extra crazy.

  • Oct 7,2018 at 5:31 pm

    @Heisenberg9383
    Das Sammeln ist sicher kein Privileg der Reichen, aber das Sammeln von Alben, die zehntausende von Dollars kosten, ist es durchaus. Darum (um die “Sammlerhype”) ging es djworstcase, wenn ich ihn richtig verstanden habe. Discogs hat natürlich ein finanzielles Interesse daran, diese Art von Sammlerhype zu feiern. Zum Glück aber hast Du recht, die meisten Alben kosten so gut wie nichts, und darum ist unser Hobby weiterhin so ziemlich allen offen.

  • Oct 6,2018 at 11:29 pm

    @djworstcase
    Deine Meinung, wonach ein Sammler nicht gleichzeitig auch Musikliebhaber sein kann, ist nicht nachvollziehbar. Das Eine schließt das Andere doch nicht aus. Und wieso soll das Sammeln ein Privileg der Reichen sein? Ich muss ja nicht gleich Platten um 10.000 Euro kaufen. Und sollte sich jemand ein seltenes und teures Album nicht abzuspielen trauen, wie du vermutest, dann muß er deswegen doch nicht auf die Musik darauf verzichten. Als Sammler wird er das Album in mehreren Ausführungen haben.

  • Oct 6,2018 at 7:11 pm

    [u=djworstcase] I agree with you, spending $13,793.10 for the Japanese promo version of a record is outright silly, especially when you can listen to the same music on an album in Near Mint condition for $5.00. But of course this is not about wanting to listen to music but probably a way of flaunting your wealth and showing off at parties. I only hope that someone who has that much money to throw away spends at least some of it on alleviating the lot of less fortunate individuals. I can think of lots of food pantries and homeless shelters that could do a lot with that kind of money.

  • Oct 6,2018 at 5:49 pm

    Most I’ve every paid for a record was $70 USD for a 2xLP copy of “The End Of Silence” by the Rollins Band.

  • Oct 6,2018 at 3:59 am

    P.S.: Glaubt jemand von Euch das sich jemand eine 67.000$ Platte abspielen traut??? Ich denke eher nicht. Und was bringt eine Platte mit der schönsten, berührendste oder revolutionärste Musik der Welt, wenn man sie nur noch als Wertanlage betrachtet? Ehrlich, kann man den Waren Schatz darin, nämlich die Musik, die Kunst darin, die Hoffnungen, Träume, Gefühle u.v.m. die darin verborgen liegt mehr entwerten u. zerstören als auf diese Art? Meiner Meinung nach nicht.

  • Oct 6,2018 at 3:48 am

    Meine persönliche Meinung, dieser Sammlerhype, ist zunächst einmal ein Privileg der Privilegierten u. Reichen, was mir eigentlich egal wäre, wenn zum einen nicht dafür Sorgen würde das viele heutige Musikproduzenten immer mehr auf die Digitale Produktion umsteigen, da sich anscheinend Plattenfirmen immer mehr auf Sammler konzentrieren und dadurch die Wartezeiten für Veröffentlichungen extrem hinaus zögern. Ich als Techno (Vinyl) Dj leide unter diesem Phänomen, da im Underground wirklich nur sehr wenige Alben auf Vinyl gepresst werden. Was nicht nur aus Beruflicher Sicht extrem Schade ist, sondern auch aus persönlicher Sicht blutet mir da mein Herz. Denn man bedenke die Ironie darin, wie John Lyden wohl rameadiert hätte wenn ihm jeamand erklärt hätte das für seine “God Save the Queen” Version (und Parodie) jemand 20.000$ bezahlt hat, glaubt ihr er würde sich darüber freuen, das aus seiner Kunst die Großteils gegen das Establishment gerichtet war, ein Prestigeobjekt wurde??? Ob er das wollen würde? … Ich denke eher er rotiert in seinem Grab!
    Vorallem kann in 40 Jahren niemand 15 od. 20.000$ für ne Erstpressung von Pattern J’s “That Night” zahlen. Warum? Weil nie eine erscheinen wird u. ich glaube kaum das MP3’s oder WAV’s jemals so einen Sammelwert bekommen werden. Und ganz zum Schluss, mir kann niemand eezählen das es da um die Liebe zur Musik geht, es geht mittlerweile nur um Prestige, bei diesen hohen Sammlerbeträgen. Ich bin Dj, ich liebe die Musik u. liebe den Klang von Vinyl’s u. liebe es mit ihnen zu arbeiten.
    Doch meine Art ist vom Aussterben bedroht.

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