The Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold in the Discogs Marketplace for April 2020

Running through the Top 30 list of the most expensive sold on Discogs this month, everything looks in order. We’ve got regulars like The Beatles, Burzum, Pink Floyd — wait a second. Where is the iconic prism cover from The Dark Side Of The Moon? What we are seeing at No. 25 instead is a simple, monochromatic cover.

This version of Pink Floyd’s most well-known album is from the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab label (also known as MSFL or MoFi) and was released as part of its Ultra High-Quality Record (UHQR) vinyl series. The series boasts eight classic titles released between 1981 and 1983, including Cat Stevens’ Tea For The Tillerman, Supertramp’s Crime Of The CenturyThe Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and more. MSFL claims to be one of “few record labels that independently invests in research and development of audio technology.”

The verdict on how discernible the sound quality is depends on who you ask, but the series has some feverish fans. If audiophile quality is something you value and you’re looking for advice on how to find the best pressings, we can never stress the expertise of the Discogs community. If you’re want to learn more, check out the inserts in the images of the release page for details on how the label achieved its UHQR technical properties and definitely consult the forums.

  1. The Beatles - Please Please Me

    The Beatles – Please Please Me

    Sold for $1275.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Gol
    Country: UK
    Released: 1963
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat, Rock & Roll

  2. Spice (27) - Let There Be Spice

    Spice (27) – Let There Be Spice

    Sold for $1300.00 Label: TSG Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  3. Burzum - Burzum

    Burzum – Burzum

    Sold for $1304.00 Label: Deathlike Silence Productions
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1992
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  4. Sarah Webster Fabio - Jujus / Alchemy Of The Blues

    Sarah Webster Fabio – Jujus / Alchemy Of The Blues

    Sold for $1373.00 Label: Folkways Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Jazz, Funk / Soul
    Styles: Poetry, Jazz-Funk

  5. Timeless Legend - I Was Born To Love You

    Timeless Legend – I Was Born To Love You

    Sold for $1382.00 Label: Dawn-Lite
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul, Disco

  6. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Sold for $1406.00 Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Harvest
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM
    Country: US
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  7. David Oistrakh*, Vladimir Yampolsky - Encores

    David Oistrakh*, Vladimir Yampolsky – Encores

    Sold for $1413.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Romantic, Modern

  8. Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill

    Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill

    Sold for $1450.00 Label: ABC Records
    Format: LP, Album, Gat
    Country: US
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock

  9. Pet Shop Boys - Electric

    Pet Shop Boys – Electric

    Sold for $1470.00 Label: The Vinyl Factory, x2 (2)
    Format: Box, Album, Ltd + 12″, Ora + 12″, Yel + 12″, Pin +
    Country: UK
    Released: 2013
    Genres: Electronic, Pop
    Styles: Synth-pop, House

  10. Mudcrutch - Up In Mississippi

    Mudcrutch – Up In Mississippi

    Sold for $1475.00 Label: Pepper (4)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Pop Rock

  11. Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown

    Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown

    Sold for $1495.00 Label: SST Records
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: US
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk, Hardcore

  12. The Symphonies - That's What Love Will Do / Need Someone To Love

    The Symphonies – That’s What Love Will Do / Need Someone To Love

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Carnival Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  13. Sonny Rollins - Newk's Time

    Sonny Rollins – Newk’s Time

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Blue Note
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: US
    Released: 1959
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  14. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

    Sold for $1618.00 Label: Harvest
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  15. Minor Threat - Filler

    Minor Threat – Filler

    Sold for $1619.00 Label: Dischord Records
    Format: 7″, EP, Red
    Country: US
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hardcore, Punk

  16. Jack White (2) - Fly Farm Blues

    Jack White (2) – Fly Farm Blues

    Sold for $1631.00 Label: Third Man Records
    Format: 7″, S/Sided, Etch, Biz
    Country: US
    Released: 2009
    Genres: Rock, Blues
    Styles: Blues Rock

  17. Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue

    Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue

    Sold for $1648.00 Label: Blue Note, Classic Records
    Format: 4×12″, S/Sided, Album, Ltd, Num, TP + Box
    Country: US
    Released: 2008
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: N/A

  18. Sasaki Hideto - Sekine Toshiyuki Quartet + 1 - Stop Over

    Sasaki Hideto – Sekine Toshiyuki Quartet + 1 – Stop Over

    Sold for $1687.00 Label: Smile (7)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  19. Johnny Griffin - A Blowing Session

    Johnny Griffin – A Blowing Session

    Sold for $1777.00 Label: Blue Note
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: US
    Released: 1957
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop

  20. Heart Attack (2) - God Is Dead

    Heart Attack (2) – God Is Dead

    Sold for $1795.00 Label: Damaged Goods (3)
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hardcore, Punk

  21. David Bowie - David Bowie

    David Bowie – David Bowie

    Sold for $1829.00 Label: Deram
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  22. V.P.'s* - E.P. Take One

    V.P.’s* – E.P. Take One

    Sold for $2100.00 Label: Bad Wreckors
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: US
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  23. Half Pint And The Fifths* - Orphan Boy

    Half Pint And The Fifths* – Orphan Boy

    Sold for $2100.00 Label: Orlyn, Orlyn
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock

  24. Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Maskal = ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ* ጋር ከፋቃደ አሞደ መስቀል* - Ethio Jazz = የካተት

    Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Maskal = ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ* ጋር ከፋቃደ አሞደ መስቀል* – Ethio Jazz = የካተት

    Sold for $2108.00 Label: Amha Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Ethiopia
    Released: 1974
    Genres: Jazz, Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk, African

  25. The Misfits* - Bullet

    The Misfits* – Bullet

    Sold for $2150.00 Label: Plan 9
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: US
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  26. Michael Jackson - Smile

    Michael Jackson – Smile

    Sold for $2439.00 Label: Epic
    Format: CD, Maxi
    Country: Netherlands
    Released: 1998
    Genres: Pop
    Styles: Ballad

  27. J.S. Bach* / Johanna Martzy - The Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas Volume 1

    J.S. Bach* / Johanna Martzy – The Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas Volume 1

    Sold for $2717.00 Label: The Electric Recording Co.
    Format: LP, Mono, Ltd, Num, RE
    Country: UK
    Released: 2012
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Baroque

  28. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

    Sold for $3000.00 Label: Classic Records
    Format: 4×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, TP + Box
    Country: US
    Released: 2008
    Genres: Rock, Blues
    Styles: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  29. Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra* - Jazz In Silhouette

    Le Sun Ra And His Arkestra* – Jazz In Silhouette

    Sold for $3250.00 Label: El Saturn Records, El Saturn Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1959
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Hard Bop, Free Jazz

  30. Meisenfloo - Meisenfloo

    Meisenfloo – Meisenfloo

    Sold for $3296.00 Label: Lagua Records
    Format: LP
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk Rock


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23 Comments
  • Jun 30,2020 at 07:38

    Two copies of the single For Real by Flowers sold in April – one for $2,500 and the other for $3,000 – yet they aren’t on this list? Anyone know why?

  • Jun 26,2020 at 05:58

    In the last few years I have reached this list for a particular month 2 times. Once for Pugh’s Place-Live, and once for the ICP Box (International Composers Pool). I can assure that these were real sales for real money. I myself also sometimes spend serious money for top records (last week euro 1500 for Analogy). Music is art & I collect / invest in it.

  • Jun 25,2020 at 22:17

    I can assure you that these records DO sell for these prices! I have sold a few records for THOUSANDS of Dollars on here.. Early Floyd singles from Japan and Europe, UK Demos, UK Vertigo LPs.. Artists like Bowie, Zeppelin, Beatles of course and those obscure records that hardly ANYONE has heard of.. I think people are investing in vinyl, in the same way people invest in Art.. Most important of course is their condition..

  • Jun 25,2020 at 05:31

    If you follow the link to the Discogs entry and look at the sales history you can see why some of these records went for the money they did. That Steely Dan record was a sealed copy, evidently someone out there felt it was worth spending an extra $1150 on this rather than buying a $50 NM one (it says $1450 here but the price history says $1200, anyone know why?). Some people are nuts. I wanted that Sun Ra one, I would have probably ummed and ahhed over it if I found a nice copy at $100, maybe $200 and passed on it.

  • Jun 25,2020 at 05:22

    I am reading the comments here as I find them almost as entertaining (and bewildering) as the actual list. An impressive display of knowledge regarding obscure facts, folklore specialist like recall of history, capitalism (at it’s best/worst), envy, self promotion and lust, with a unifying appreciation for vinyl and music… quite the combination!

  • Jun 25,2020 at 04:05

    Can’t comment on other styles of music, but the soul 45’s generally go for the prices listed, but then the soul scene has a good source of price guides out there, so no real surprises.

  • Jun 25,2020 at 02:15

    I have sold albums for more than $1,000.00 here on discogs.com … there are private collectors wealthy enough to pay what may be ridiculous to some

  • Jun 24,2020 at 23:47

    Does anyone else see the irony of a Minor Threat release on this list?

  • Jun 24,2020 at 17:12

    I’m new to Discogs and this is the first such list I’ve seen.

    Respectfully, this is transparently ridiculous. It seems pretty obvious what’s going on here.

    So I have a Steely Dan record. I want to inflate the value. I open up a fake account and “buy” the record from myself at a hilariously inflated value, like the ones on this list. My hope is that this will move the needle on the market value of the record, and I will then be able to sell my copy (to an actual real live other person this time) for a higher price.

    Nobody is paying $1400 for these records.

  • Jun 24,2020 at 17:08

    You really need someone (me?) to curate this. There’s no context, no information, nothing. It’s essentially a meaningless list of records without that.

  • Jun 24,2020 at 15:52

    I have Can’t Buy A Thrill, white label promo copy, M/M. Kept in plastic cover with a poly-lined inner sleeve, but with the original ABC-Dunhill inner sleeve, no tears. Kept in a smoke-free home. LOL.
    A/B side dead wax#:
    ABCX-758A-RE-1
    ABCX-758B-RE-1

    Just wondering …

  • Jun 24,2020 at 15:36

    I’ve said this before here, but I’ll say it again. The information populating this list is culled from a very
    basic set of parameters that looks for certain numbers
    within a date range and compiles a list of the data
    from that query. It does not attempt to consider other
    factors pertaining to each data module, such as follow
    through. So this list should always be viewed with a
    grain of salt, so to speak. When something pops up on
    the list that completely defies what the marketplace
    will usually bare for any given release item to the
    point of absurdity, then it’s most likely a fluke.
    In other words, it was in some way an incomplete
    transaction, and payment at the original listed
    price was never remitted. So as the old saying
    goes, “when something sounds too fantastic to be
    real, it’s because it’s not”

  • Jun 24,2020 at 14:32

    Oh come ON! Discogs. Honestly. VG-. We’re nerds. We need info. Just another copy of Steely Dan? Pink Floyd…? OK, what is so special about these particular records? :P :P

  • Jun 24,2020 at 13:37

    I too was wondering about “Can’t Buy a Thrill” as I have that album, first pressing, in near mint! The only thing I can see is that it was sealed and honestly if it’s sealed there is no way to determine if it’s a first pressing since the only tell is in the dead wax.

    I’ll sell mine for a grand 😁

  • Jun 24,2020 at 07:01

    Would have been more interesting if there was a description about the qualities of the records sold that could justify the prices. The bare numbers just look ridiculous.. A UK press of Wish You Were Here ? big deal…

  • Jun 18,2020 at 16:46

    So is nobody going to clarify why that specific copy of Steely Dan’s “Can’t Buy A Thrill” sold for that much? It has a median of $16! $1450.00 is quite strange, and I would have expected something written about it in the article if it’s used in the image for all things considered!

    • Jun 19,2020 at 02:57

      Thanks for pointing that out, WolfXCIX, that got by me at time of writing but does indeed seem unusual. Looking into that now.

  • Jun 15,2020 at 12:29

    Anyone out there have an idea of what might be a reasonable market price for a LP MG V-2055 Oscar Peterson Plays The Duke Ellington Song Book with the jacket signed “Sincerely Oscar Peterson” by the late, great Oscar Peterson. It is an original album that I personally had him sign in the 1960s. Thanks

  • Jun 12,2020 at 01:48

    oh god

  • Jun 11,2020 at 11:27

    Some of you people have too much money.

  • Jun 11,2020 at 09:38

    This world is a sad and crazy farce, but we knew that before… go put on your favourite scratchy, budget records, have a cold beer and forget about capitalists having an investment problem in times of low interest rates.

  • Jun 8,2020 at 12:07

    Wow..some big bucks dropped on vinyl…

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