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The Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in January 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 be surprised by two interesting trends in the January 2021 edition: what is and is not on the list.

Let’s start with the latter. Usually, we see the same classic acts: David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the like. While there are still several Beatles titles below, there is not a release from any of the aforementioned artists.

Now, to what is on the list. There are some classics still, ranging from actual classical-style recordings to big names such as Santana, Kraftwerk, Nirvana, and Motörhead. One big name, in particular, caught our attention because it’s attached to a brand-new release. Paul McCartney dropped McCartney III in 2020 and a 180-gram color vinyl version has already made its way to our monthly most-expensive roundup. It’s an extremely limited variation pressing at Third Man — only 333 were made, and each is hand-numbered. The current median price listed on Discogs is $2,500.

At the very end of 2020, we witnessed the highest sale ever on Discogs at a whopping $45,000 price tag. While the first sales of 2021 don’t come close, we still topped out nearly $11,000 with the No. 1, a Misfits 7-inch.

  1. Emperor (2) - The Complete Works

    Emperor – The Complete Works

    Sold for $1,600.00
    Label: Blood Music
    Format: Box, Comp, Ltd + 12″, RE, RM, Blu + 12″, RM, Blu +
    Country: Finland
    Released: 2017
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  2. Santana - Abraxas

    Santana – Abraxas

    Sold for $1,699.00
    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

  3. Iris, Inri, Pencil And Psalm - Rischka's Light Faces

    Iris, Inri, Pencil And Psalm – Rischka’s Light Faces

    Sold for $1,715.00
    Label: CTR-Produktion
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Electronic, Jazz, Rock
    Styles: Leftfield, Krautrock, Jazz-Rock

  4. The Beatles - Original Mono-Record Box

    The Beatles – Original Mono-Record Box

    Sold for $1,800.00
    Label: Odeon
    Format: Box, Comp, Mono, S/Edition + 11xLP, Album, Red
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1986
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic Rock

  5. The Beatles - The Beatles Mono Collection

    The Beatles – The Beatles Mono Collection

    Sold for $1,807.00
    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

  6. Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Express

    Kraftwerk – Trans Europa Express

    Sold for $1,807.00
    Label: Kling Klang
    Format: LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Electronic
    Styles: Electro

  7. Herbert von Karajan - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon And Decca

    Herbert von Karajan – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon And Decca

    Sold for $1,828.00
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Format: 330xCD, Comp + 24xDVD, Comp + 2xBlu-ray, Comp + Bo
    Country: N/A
    Released: 2017
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Classical, Baroque, Romantic, Modern

  8. Village Pistols - Big Money

    Village Pistols – Big Money

    Sold for $1,849.00
    Label: Nylon Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  9. Nirvana - Bleach

    Nirvana – Bleach

    Sold for $1,850.00
    Label: Sub Pop
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Whi
    Country: US
    Released: 1989
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Grunge

  10. Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims - Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims

    Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims – Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims

    Sold for $1,875.00
    Label: Blue Note
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: US
    Released: 1956
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Bop

  11. Extradition - Hush

    Extradition – Hush

    Sold for $1,908.00
    Label: Sweet Peach
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock

  12. Raw Material (2) - Time Is...

    Raw Material – Time Is…

    Sold for $2,000.00
    Label: RCA, Neon
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  13. Young Ladies - He's Gone To Another / I'm Tired Of Running Around

    Young Ladies – He’s Gone To Another / I’m Tired Of Running Around

    Sold for $2,000.00
    Label: Stang Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  14. Elvis Presley - The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

    Elvis Presley – The Complete Elvis Presley Masters

    Sold for $2,000.00
    Label: Legacy, RCA
    Format: 30xCD, Comp, Mono, Ltd, Num, RM, Col
    Country: US
    Released: 2010
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Country, Gospel, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly

  15. The Beatles - I Feel Fine

    The Beatles – I Feel Fine

    Sold for $2,048.00
    Label: Parlophone
    Format: Shellac, 10″
    Country: India
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Rock & Roll, Pop Rock

  16. Bill Evans - Riverside Recordings

    Bill Evans – Riverside Recordings

    Sold for $2,125.00
    Label: Analogue Productions, Riverside Records
    Format: 2×12″, Album, RE, RM + 2×12″, Album, RE, RM + 2×12
    Country: US
    Released: 2010
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Bop, Post Bop, Modal, Cool Jazz

  17. July (3) - July

    July – July

    Sold for $2,191.00
    Label: Major Minor
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  18. Motörhead - Motörhead

    Motörhead – Motörhead

    Sold for $2,396.00
    Label: Chiswick Records
    Format: LP, Album, Sil
    Country: UK
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Heavy Metal

  19. Leonid Kogan And Elisabeth Gilels – Leclair* • Telemann* • Ysaÿe* - Sonatas For Two Violins

    Leonid Kogan And Elisabeth Gilels – Leclair • Telemann • Ysaÿe – Sonatas For Two Violins

    Sold for $2,409.00
    Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Baroque, Impressionist

  20. Monks* - Black Monk Time

    Monks – Black Monk Time

    Sold for $2,409.00
    Label: International Polydor Production
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock

  21. Dogfeet - Dogfeet

    Dogfeet – Dogfeet

    Sold for $2,439.00
    Label: Reflection
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Acid Rock, Blues Rock

  22. André Cluytens, Maurice Ravel - The Complete Orchestral Works of Ravel

    André Cluytens, Maurice Ravel – The Complete Orchestral Works of Ravel

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: The Electric Recording Co., Columbia
    Format: 4xLP, Ltd, Num, RE, RM + Box
    Country: UK
    Released: 2020
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Impressionist

  23. Timi Yuro - As Long As There Is You

    Timi Yuro – As Long As There Is You

    Sold for $2,534.00
    Label: Liberty
    Format: 7″
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Funk / Soul, Pop
    Styles: Vocal, Rhythm & Blues, Soul

  24. Impact All Stars, Clive Chin - Randy's Dub

    Impact All Stars, Clive Chin – Randy’s Dub

    Sold for $2,804.00
    Label: Impact!
    Format: LP
    Country: Jamaica
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Dub

  25. The Police - Reggatta De Blanc

    The Police – Reggatta De Blanc

    Sold for $2,945.00
    Label: A&M Records
    Format: 10″, Pro
    Country: US
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock

  26. Bathory - Bathory

    Bathory – Bathory

    Sold for $3,000.00
    Label: Black Mark Production
    Format: LP, Album, Yel
    Country: Sweden
    Released: 1984
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  27. Paul McCartney - McCartney III

    Paul McCartney – McCartney III

    Sold for $3,047.00
    Label: Third Man Records, Capitol Records, MPL (2)
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Yel
    Country: US
    Released: 2020
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock

  28. J.E.T. (2) - Fede Speranza Carità

    J.E.T. – Fede Speranza Carità

    Sold for $3,377.00
    Label: Durium
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  29. Prince Buster's All Stars / The Movers (7) - Linger On / Come Home Back

    Prince Buster’s All Stars / The Movers – Linger On / Come Home Back

    Sold for $4,000.00
    Label: Voice Of The People
    Format: 7″
    Country: Jamaica
    Released: 0
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Ska

  30. The Misfits* - Cough / Cool b/w She

    The Misfits – Cough / Cool b/w She

    Sold for $10,877.00
    Label: Blank Records
    Format: 7″, Single, Ltd
    Country: US
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

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