most expensive may 2021

Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold on Discogs in May 2021

Discogs is back with another monthly breakdown of the most expensive vinyl, cassettes, and CDs sold in the Discogs Marketplace. The rankings regularly feature classic bands such as Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, The Velvet Underground, Mötley Crüe, and AC/DC. However, the May edition boasts several classical acts like Leonid Kogan performing Édouard Lalo, Nathan Milstein performing Ludwig van Beethoven, and André Levy performing Jean-Sébastien Bach.

The release that really caught our eye stands at No. 18. The Discogs Database is oddly void of details about this mysterious record from Eternal Heat. The 45 featuring “I Need You Baby” and “Eternal Jam” has only been sold once in the Marketplace and no Discogs community member claims to have it in their Collection.

Topping out at No. 1 is electronic duo Röyksopp’s Melody A.M. limited release featuring original Banksy art on the cover. According to the Database, only 100 copies exist and this particular one went for over $8,000. The record boasts repeat appearances on Discogs’s roundup of the most expensive vinyl and has previously fetched the highest price of $11,000.

  1. Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant

    Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant

    Sold for $2,112.00
    Label: Virgin
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: New Zealand
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  2. Willie Tee - Funky, Funky Twist / First Taste Of Hurt

    Willie Tee – Funky, Funky Twist / First Taste Of Hurt

    Sold for $2,112.00
    Label: Gatur Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: N/A
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Twist

  3. AC/DC - If You Want Blood You've Got It

    AC/DC – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It

    Sold for $2,116.00
    Label: Atlantic
    Format: LP, Album, Spl
    Country: Netherlands
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock, Arena Rock

  4. Jascha Heifetz - The Complete Album Collection

    Jascha Heifetz – The Complete Album Collection

    Sold for $2,121.00
    Label: RCA Red Seal, Sony Classical, Sony Music
    Format: 103xCD + DVD-V, NTSC + Box, Comp, Dlx, Ltd
    Country: Europe
    Released: 2011
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, Impressionist

  5. Leonid Kogan, Kyril Kondrashin*, Lalo*, Tchaikovsky* - Lalo Symphonie Espagnole

    Leonid Kogan, Kyril Kondrashin, Lalo, Tchaikovsky – Lalo Symphonie Espagnole

    Sold for $2,262.00
    Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1960
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: N/A

  6. Metallica & San Francisco Symphony* - S&M2

    Metallica & San Francisco Symphony* – S&M2

    Sold for $2,300.00
    Label: Blackened Recordings
    Format: Box, Dlx, Ltd, Sup + 2xLP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Ora +
    Country: US
    Released: 2020
    Genres: Rock, Classical
    Styles: N/A

  7. Various - We Love You... So Love Us

    Various – We Love You… So Love Us

    Sold for $2,365.00
    Label: We Love You
    Format: LP, Comp, Ltd
    Country: UK
    Released: 2000
    Genres: Electronic, Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock, Synth-pop, Experimental

  8. Siloah - Siloah

    Siloah – Siloah

    Sold for $2,380.00
    Label: Not on Label
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Krautrock

  9. Burzum - Burzum

    Burzum – Burzum

    Sold for $2,439.00
    Label: Deathlike Silence Productions
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1992
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  10. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

    Sold for $2,499.00
    Label: Atlantic
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Promo, CSG
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock, Classic Rock

  11. The Dirty Filthy Mud* - The Forest Of Black

    The Dirty Filthy Mud – The Forest Of Black

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Worex Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Electronic, Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  12. The Tunics (2) - Moonlight Lover / Sandman

    The Tunics – Moonlight Lover / Sandman

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Instant Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 0
    Genres: Jazz, Funk / Soul, Blues
    Styles: N/A

  13. Eternal Heat - Eternal Jam / I Need You Baby

    Eternal Heat – Eternal Jam / I Need You Baby

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Smoke
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 0
    Genres: Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: N/A

  14. Elvis Presley, Scotty* And Bill* - That's All Right / Blue Moon Of Kentucky

    Elvis Presley, Scotty And Bill – That’s All Right / Blue Moon Of Kentucky

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: Sun
    Format: Shellac, 10″
    Country: US
    Released: 1954
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Rockabilly

  15. New Image (8) - You Bring Me Down / So Fine

    New Image – You Bring Me Down / So Fine

    Sold for $2,500.00
    Label: New Image
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1984
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Boogie, Funk

  16. Mötley Crüe - Too Fast For Love

    Mötley Crüe – Too Fast For Love

    Sold for $2,600.00
    Label: Leathür Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

  17. Vondells - Soldier Boy

    Vondells – Soldier Boy

    Sold for $2,750.00
    Label: Airtown Custom Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

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

    The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico

    Sold for $2,938.00
    Label: Verve Records
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Eas
    Country: US
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock, Art Rock, Experimental, Psychedelic Rock

  19. P.F. Flyer (2) - P.F. Flyer Play Gianchetta Jazz

    P.F. Flyer – P.F. Flyer Play Gianchetta Jazz

    Sold for $3,000.00
    Label: AVG
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  20. Vapore D'Anima - Vapore D'Anima

    Vapore D’Anima – Vapore D’Anima

    Sold for $3,048.00
    Label: Not on Label
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock

  21. Ludwig van Beethoven, Milstein*, Leinsdorf* - Violin Concerto

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Milstein, Leinsdorf – Violin Concerto

    Sold for $3,154.00
    Label: Columbia
    Format: LP
    Country: UK
    Released: 1962
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: N/A

  22. The Appreciations - It's Better To Cry

    The Appreciations – It’s Better To Cry

    Sold for $3,900.00
    Label: Sport Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  23. Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

    Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen

    Sold for $4,024.00
    Label: Virgin
    Format: 7″
    Country: South Africa
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  24. André Levy / J.S. Bach* - Les Six Suites Pour Violoncelle Seul

    André Levy / J.S. Bach – Les Six Suites Pour Violoncelle Seul

    Sold for $4,165.00
    Label: Lumen
    Format: LP, Mono
    Country: France
    Released: 1960
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Baroque

  25. André Levy - Les Six Suites Pour Violoncelle Seul

    André Levy – Les Six Suites Pour Violoncelle Seul

    Sold for $4,165.00
    Label: Lumen
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: France
    Released: 1960
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: N/A

  26. Freddie Chavez - Baby I'm Sorry / They'll Never Know Why

    Freddie Chavez – Baby I’m Sorry / They’ll Never Know Why

    Sold for $4,166.00
    Label: Look Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  27. The Cautions - No Other Way

    The Cautions – No Other Way

    Sold for $4,500.00
    Label: Shrine Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  28. T. Yokota* And The Beat Generation (2) - Flute Adventure: Le Soleil Était Encore Chaud = 太陽はまだ暑く燃えていた…

    T. Yokota And The Beat Generation – Flute Adventure: Le Soleil Était Encore Chaud

    Sold for $6,397.00
    Label: London Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1970
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Free Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Rock

  29. Michael Cosmic - Peace In The World

    Michael Cosmic – Peace In The World

    Sold for $7,000.00
    Label: Cosmic Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Free Jazz

  30. Röyksopp - Melody A.M.

    Röyksopp – Melody A.M.

    Sold for $8,450.00
    Label: Wall of Sound
    Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, S/Edition, W/Lbl
    Country: UK
    Released: 2001
    Genres: Electronic
    Styles: House, Downtempo

Feature image is a riff on the album art of Sex Pistol’s Pretty Vacant.


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