most expensive items april 2021

The Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in April 2021

Discogs is back with another monthly breakdown of the most expensive vinyl, cassettes, and CDs sold in the Discogs Marketplace. If you’re a regular reader of these rankings, you’ll see several recurring acts like Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and more.

In March 2021, we released an updated list of 100 most expensive cassettes ever sold on Discogs with a new No. 1 by the California-based group known as Xero in the 1990s that would later become Linkin Park. There are only a handful of Xero’s self-titled, self-released demo tapes, which explains the leading $4,500 sale price. In April, another copy sold for $2,262.

Paul McCartney is back for the fourth month in a row with McCartney III. This 2020 release on 180-gram color vinyl went for just over $3,000, $3,700, and $2,800 respectively from January through March. As we anticipated, this extremely limited pressing from Third Man Records — only 333 were made, and each is hand-numbered — remains on the list for April with another copy selling for $2,799.

Topping us out at No. 1 is a rare Italian prog-rock album from Capitolo 6. The strangely titled Frutti Per Kagua (Fruit for Kagua) mixes early prog with hard rock and a little Krautrock.  The last time a copy sold on Discogs was in 2017 for about half the price.

What’s next for the May list? Better yet, what records have you seen appreciate in value over the last five years?

  1. Jascha Heifetz - Classic Records 45 Series

    Jascha Heifetz – Classic Records 45 Series

    Sold for $2,195.00
    Label: RCA Victor Red Seal, Classic Records
    Format: 4xLP, S/Sided, Ltd, RE, RM + 4xLP, S/Sided, Ltd, R
    Country: US
    Released: 0
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: N/A

  2. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators* - Reverberation (Doubt)

    The Thirteenth Floor Elevators – Reverberation (Doubt)

    Sold for $2,195.00
    Label: Riviera
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: France
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  3. Xero (5) - Xero

    Xero – Xero

    Sold for $2,262.00
    Label: Not On Label (Xero (5) Self-released)
    Format: Cass, Smplr
    Country: US
    Released: 1997
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Alternative Rock, Nu Metal

  4. Tipper - Forward Escape

    Tipper – Forward Escape

    Sold for $2,345.00
    Label: Tippermusic
    Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, 140
    Country: UK
    Released: 2014
    Genres: Electronic
    Styles: Glitch, IDM, Downtempo, Ambient

  5. The Leftovers (3) - Cigarettes & Alcohol

    The Leftovers – Cigarettes & Alcohol

    Sold for $2,387.00
    Label: EMI Custom Records
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  6. Miki Stokes & Spyder Turner - My Troubles Are Over / Get Yourself Together

    Miki Stokes & Spyder Turner – My Troubles Are Over / Get Yourself Together

    Sold for $2,430.00
    Label: Sounds Of Soul
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 0
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: N/A

  7. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin Volume One

    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin Volume One

    Sold for $2,436.00
    Label: Classic Records, Atlantic
    Format: 4xLP, Album, RE, 200 + 12″, S/Sided, TP, 180 + Box
    Country: US
    Released: 2005
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Hard Rock

  8. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

    Sold for $2,439.00
    Label: Atlantic
    Format: LP, Album, M/Print, Tur
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Arena Rock

  9. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here = 炎 (あなたがここにいてほしい)

    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here = 炎 (あなたがここにいてほしい)

    Sold for $2,493.00
    Label: CBS/Sony
    Format: CD, Album, Gol
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  10. Nirvana - Bleach

    Nirvana – Bleach

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Sub Pop
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Whi
    Country: US
    Released: 1989
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Grunge

  11. NOFX - The Decline

    NOFX – The Decline

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Fat Wreck Chords
    Format: 12″, Cle
    Country: US
    Released: 1999
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  12. Eddie Bo - The Other Side Of Eddie Bo

    Eddie Bo – The Other Side Of Eddie Bo

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Bo-Sound, Bo-Sound
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Jazz, Funk / Soul
    Styles: Funk, Soul, Jazz-Funk

  13. Zerfas - Zerfas

    Zerfas – Zerfas

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: 700 West
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock

  14. Eric (188) - Eric

    Eric – Eric

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: CEI
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  15. Young Identities - EP

    Young Identities – EP

    Sold for $2,558.00
    Label: Savage Music
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  16. Santana - Abraxas

    Santana – Abraxas

    Sold for $2,560.00
    Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Columbia, Sony Music Commercial Music Group
    Format: 2×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RE + Box
    Country: US
    Released: 2016
    Genres: Rock, Latin
    Styles: Fusion, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  17. Princess Flower And The Moon Rays - Dreaming The Magic Of Your Maya

    Princess Flower And The Moon Rays – Dreaming The Magic Of Your Maya

    Sold for $2,710.00
    Label: Akashic
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  18. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Sold for $2,771.00
    Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Harvest
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM
    Country: US
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  19. Paul McCartney - McCartney III

    Paul McCartney – McCartney III

    Sold for $2,799.00
    Label: Third Man Records, Capitol Records, MPL
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Yel
    Country: US
    Released: 2020
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock

  20. Mixed Feelings - Sha-La-La / Love Will Find A Way

    Mixed Feelings – Sha-La-La / Love Will Find A Way

    Sold for $2,950.00
    Label: United Records
    Format: 7″, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  21. The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico

    The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico

    Sold for $3,110.00
    Label: Verve Records
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Eas
    Country: US
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock, Art Rock, Experimental, Psychedelic Rock

  22. Frankie Beverly And The Butlers - Because Of My Heart

    Frankie Beverly And The Butlers – Because Of My Heart

    Sold for $3,350.00
    Label: Fairmount Records
    Format: 7″, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  23. Piero Umiliani - Smog (Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale)

    Piero Umiliani – Smog (Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale)

    Sold for $3,373.00
    Label: RCA Victor
    Format: LP
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1962
    Genres: Jazz, Stage & Screen
    Styles: Soundtrack, Modal, Cool Jazz

  24. The Strawbs* - Strawberry Music Sampler No.1

    The Strawbs – Strawberry Music Sampler No.1

    Sold for $3,521.00
    Label: Strawberry Music
    Format: LP
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Prog Rock

  25. Franco Cerri - International Jazz Meeting

    Franco Cerri – International Jazz Meeting

    Sold for $3,902.00
    Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1961
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Bop

  26. Ray Pollard - This Time (I'm Gonna Be True)

    Ray Pollard – This Time (I’m Gonna Be True)

    Sold for $4,225.00
    Label: Shrine Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  27. Mirkwood - Mirkwood

    Mirkwood – Mirkwood

    Sold for $5,633.00
    Label: Flams Ltd
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  28. Fraction (4) - Moon Blood

    Fraction – Moon Blood

    Sold for $6,000.00
    Label: Angelus Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock, Space Rock

  29. The Can* - Monster Movie (Made In A Castle With Better Equipment)

    The Can – Monster Movie (Made In A Castle With Better Equipment)

    Sold for $8,535.00
    Label: Music Factory
    Format: LP, Album, RP
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Experimental

  30. Capitolo 6 - Frutti Per Kagua

    Capitolo 6 – Frutti Per Kagua

    Sold for $8,536.00
    Label: it
    Format: LP, Album, Gat
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock


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