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The Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in August 2020

It’s time for another breakdown of the most expensive vinyl, cassettes, and CDs were sold in the Discogs Marketplace. On the monthly roundup, we can count on seeing classic icons, limited LPs, and a few coveted 7-inch releases.

Let’s starts the most expensive item on the list. The No. 1 spot, which usually goes an older rock record (think The Beatles or David Bowie) and occasionally something fun like this punk 7-inch, has been claimed by a $5,000 test pressing of Metallica’s 1984 album Ride the Lightning. According to the Database, this version was for the Music Connection for Megaforce. And according to the Marketplace, there’s another pressing available — for $7,000.

Now, for the elephant in the room. If your eyes have already scanned the page and your initial reaction was shock at seeing No. 30, we don’t blame you. It’s not often that you see Adolph Hitler on an album cover (especially since any pro-Nazi or any other filth from hate groups is blocked for sale on Discogs).

Heronimus Fin ‎Bloodguilt Reissue album cover

The controversial cover was replaced with the one above.

“We were in all the national newspapers, on mainstream TV here in the UK, however, we used a historical picture of Adolf Hitler and the Pope on the front cover and suddenly people started refusing to stock it, the UK music mags completely misunderstood the meaning and went for our throats, so we withdrew [Bloodguilt] and changed the sleeve,” Jon Buxton told It’s Psychedelic Baby in 2019. “By the time it was reissued the momentum had gone. Interestingly though, the vinyl test pressing has now become a real collector’s item.”

That “real collector’s item,” which was intended as social commentary and not pro-Hitler, is what you see below. What is the most interesting album cover that you have in your collection?

  1. Heronimus Fin - Bloodguilt

    Heronimus Fin – Bloodguilt

    Sold for $1,914.00
    Label: Garden Records
    Format: LP, Promo, TP
    Country: UK
    Released: 2001
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock, Stoner Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock, Acid Rock

  2. Freddie McGregor, Al Campbell, Audrey Johnson (2) - Born A Free Man / Love And Obey

    Freddie McGregor, Al Campbell, Audrey Johnson – Born A Free Man / Love And Obey

    Sold for $1,933.00
    Label: Fab, Studio One
    Format: 7″, W/Lbl
    Country: UK
    Released: 0
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Ska

  3. Catapilla - Changes

    Catapilla – Changes

    Sold for $2,000.00
    Label: Vertigo
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Jazz-Rock, Prog Rock

  4. Spirogyra - Bells, Boots And Shambles

    Spirogyra – Bells, Boots And Shambles

    Sold for $2,000.00
    Label: Polydor
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock, Folk

  5. Joy Division - Licht Und Blindheit

    Joy Division – Licht Und Blindheit

    Sold for $2,049.00
    Label: Sordide Sentimental
    Format: 7″, Ltd, Num
    Country: France
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: New Wave, Post-Punk

  6. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Sold for $2,058.00
    Label: Harvest, Harvest
    Format: LP, Album, Gat
    Country: UK
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  7. The Beatles - The Beatles Mono Collection

    The Beatles – The Beatles Mono Collection

    Sold for $2,083.00
    Label: Parlophone
    Format: Box, Comp, Mono, Ltd, RP, Red + 11xLP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Rock, Blues
    Styles: Beat, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic Rock

  8. Yezda Urfa - Boris

    Yezda Urfa – Boris

    Sold for $2,100.00
    Label: Not On Label (Yezda Urfa Self-released)
    Format: LP
    Country: US
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  9. The Beatles - I Feel Fine

    The Beatles – I Feel Fine

    Sold for $2,173.00
    Label: Emidisc
    Format: Acetate, 7″
    Country: UK
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat, Pop Rock, Rock & Roll

  10. Soul Vibrations - The Dump / I've Got To Find A Way

    Soul Vibrations – The Dump / I’ve Got To Find A Way

    Sold for $2,261.00
    Label: Vibrant Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Funk

  11. Mayhem - Deathcrush

    Mayhem – Deathcrush

    Sold for $2,371.00
    Label: Posercorpse Music
    Format: 12″, EP, Ltd
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1987
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  12. Gas (7) - No More Hiroshima

    Gas – No More Hiroshima

    Sold for $2,380.00
    Label: 自殺レーベル
    Format: Flexi, 7″, S/Sided, Red
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hardcore, Punk

  13. Trevor* With Joe* & Glenn* / Dermot Lynch* - Tender Arms / Something Is Worrying Me

    Trevor With Joe & Glenn / Dermot Lynch – Tender Arms / Something Is Worrying Me

    Sold for $2,380.00
    Label: Blue Cat Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: UK
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: N/A

  14. Benita* - Time For A Change

    Benita – Time For A Change

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Fine-Tuned Records
    Format: 7″, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 0
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Disco

  15. Various - Woodstock - Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive

    Various – Woodstock: Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive

    Sold for $2,538.00
    Label: Rhino Records, Cotillion
    Format: 38xCD + Blu-ray + Box, Comp, Ltd, Num
    Country: US
    Released: 2019
    Genres: Rock, Funk / Soul, Blues, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: N/A

  16. Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet* - Shades Of Blue

    Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet – Shades Of Blue

    Sold for $2,631.00
    Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Post Bop, Modal

  17. Detroit Sounds Of Friction - I'm Leaving You / Stop Him Girl

    Detroit Sounds Of Friction – I’m Leaving You / Stop Him Girl

    Sold for $2,664.00
    Label: Heavy Sound, Inc.
    Format: 7″, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  18. Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Moonchild

    Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – Moonchild

    Sold for $2,900.00
    Label: A&M Records
    Format: 7″, Single, Mono, TP, Mon
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock, Blues
    Styles: Delta Blues, Psychedelic Rock

  19. David Bowie - Space Oddity

    David Bowie – Space Oddity

    Sold for $2,941.00
    Label: Philips
    Format: 7″, Single, Mono, Lar
    Country: Portugal
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock

  20. Smoke, Inc. - Waitin' For Love

    Smoke, Inc. – Waitin’ For Love

    Sold for $3,250.00
    Label: Smoke Records Inc.
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: N/A

  21. Johnny Hallyday - Johnny Chante Hallyday

    Johnny Hallyday – Johnny Chante Hallyday

    Sold for $3,333.00
    Label: Philips
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Promo, Gat
    Country: France
    Released: 1965
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: N/A

  22. The Beatles - Please Please Me

    The Beatles – Please Please Me

    Sold for $3,369.00
    Label: Parlophone
    Format: LP, Album, Gol
    Country: UK
    Released: 1963
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat

  23. Basso Valdambrini Quintet* Plus Dino Piana - Basso Valdambrini Plus Dino Piana

    Basso Valdambrini Quintet* Plus Dino Piana – Basso Valdambrini Plus Dino Piana

    Sold for $3,488.00
    Label: Jolly
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1960
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Contemporary Jazz, Modal

  24. Pearl Jam - Oct. 22, 2003 - Benaroya Hall

    Pearl Jam – Oct. 22, 2003 atBenaroya Hall

    Sold for $3,499.00
    Label: Ten Club
    Format: 4xLP, Album, Red + Box, Ltd
    Country: US
    Released: 2004
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Alternative Rock, Acoustic, Grunge

  25. Nirvana - Love Buzz b/w Big Cheese

    Nirvana – Love Buzz b/w Big Cheese

    Sold for $3,499.00
    Label: Sub Pop
    Format: 7″, Single, Ltd, Num
    Country: US
    Released: 1988
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Grunge

  26. The Dogs (2) - Don't Try To Help Me

    The Dogs – Don’t Try To Help Me

    Sold for $3,499.00
    Label: Treasure
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Rock, Funk / Soul
    Styles: Garage Rock, Soul, Vocal, Instrumental

  27. Phafner - Overdrive

    Phafner – Overdrive

    Sold for $3500.00 Label: Dragon Records (5)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock

  28. ABBA - Hovas Vittne

    ABBA – Hovas Vittne

    Sold for $4,095.00
    Label: Polar
    Format: 12″, Maxi, Red
    Country: Sweden
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Pop
    Styles: Vocal

  29. Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs

    Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs

    Sold for $4,647.00
    Label: Deram
    Format: LP, Album, Gat
    Country: UK
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Prog Rock, Folk Rock

  30. Metallica - Ride The Lightning

    Metallica – Ride The Lightning

    Sold for $5,000.00
    Label: Megaforce Records
    Format: LP, Album, TP
    Country: US
    Released: 1984
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Heavy Metal

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