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Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace for January 2020

Alright, quick show of hands whose answer to the January Blues is buying records? We can’t find fault with that, and I’m willing to bet moods were buoyed with January’s record finds.

Classical music isn’t typically a big seller on Discogs – there are under a million classical releases in the Discogs Database (of over 12 million), and of the 53 million releases listed in the Marketplace, less than 5% of those are classical. But one savvy buyer knows an unmissable opportunity when it comes to this Ludwig Van 13 LP box set.

Genres by release count in the Discogs Database, with Classical highlighted
Genres by release count in the Discogs Database.

Our very own Diognes_The_Fox is probably kicking himself now after selling D.R. Hooker’s The Truth years earlier for just over half the price it went for in January. You can read more about his experience with this “real-life holy grail of psychedelic rock” and discoveries about this release here.

Discogs sellers made just shy of $60,000 from these 30 records alone in January. Check out what music lovers are willing to shell big bucks for.

  1. Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

    Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

    Sold for $1428.00 Label: Odeon, Ever Clean Records
    Format: LP, Album, Red
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  2. The El Corols - You Gotta Be An Angel

    The El Corols – You Gotta Be An Angel

    Sold for $1483.00 Label: Rouser Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  3. Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen = Dios Salve A la Reyna

    Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen = Dios Salve A la Reyna

    Sold for $1499.00 Label: Virgin
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Mexico
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  4. D.R. Hooker - The Truth

    D.R. Hooker – The Truth

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: On Records (3)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  5. Zero Boys - Livin' In The 80's

    Zero Boys – Livin’ In The 80’s

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Z-Disk
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  6. The Vanguards (2) - Good Times Bad Times

    The Vanguards (2) – Good Times Bad Times

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

  7. Burzum - Burzum

    Burzum – Burzum

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Deathlike Silence Productions
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1992
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  8. Burzum - Aske

    Burzum – Aske

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Deathlike Silence Productions
    Format: 12″, Mini Album, Limited Edition
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1993
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  9. Johnny Burnette And The Rock 'N Roll Trio* - Johnny Burnette And The Rock 'N Roll Trio

    Johnny Burnette And The Rock ‘N Roll Trio* – Johnny Burnette And The Rock ‘N Roll Trio

    Sold for $1555.00 Label: Coral
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: US
    Released: 1956
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Rockabilly

  10. Waymond Hall / The Apollos* - What Will Tomorrow Bring / Soul Funk-tion

    Waymond Hall / The Apollos* – What Will Tomorrow Bring / Soul Funk-tion

    Sold for $1558.00 Label: Jamal Records (3), Jamal Records (3)
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Funk

  11. Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times

    Satyricon – Dark Medieval Times

    Sold for $1611.00 Label: Moonfog Productions
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1994
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  12. Kristyl - Kristyl

    Kristyl – Kristyl

    Sold for $1620.00 Label: Not On Label
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  13. Oasis (2) - Columbia

    Oasis (2) – Columbia

    Sold for $1648.00 Label: Creation Records
    Format: 12″, S/Sided, Ltd, Promo
    Country: UK
    Released: 1993
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Brit Pop, Indie Rock

  14. Charles Brandy - I Can't Get Enough Of You / Without Your Love

    Charles Brandy – I Can’t Get Enough Of You / Without Your Love

    Sold for $1655.00 Label: Blue Cat Records Inc.
    Format: 7″, Promo
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  15. No Artist - The Nation's Nightmare

    No Artist – The Nation’s Nightmare

    Sold for $1818.00 Label: Not On Label
    Format: LP
    Country: US
    Released: 1952
    Genres: Non-Music
    Styles: Public Broadcast

  16. Magnum (4) - Tell Me Why / Out On The Floor

    Magnum (4) – Tell Me Why / Out On The Floor

    Sold for $1858.00 Label: Silver Bullet Records (2)
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul, Boogie, Funk

  17. Kings Of Soul (2) - Girl What Have You Done

    Kings Of Soul (2) – Girl What Have You Done

    Sold for $1925.00 Label: Down To Earth (2)
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul, Funk

  18. Elvis Presley, Scotty* And Bill* - Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're A Heartbreaker

    Elvis Presley, Scotty* And Bill* – Milkcow Blues Boogie / You’re A Heartbreaker

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Sun (9)
    Format: Shellac, 10″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1955
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Rockabilly

  19. The Hatfields* - Yes I Do / When She Returns

    The Hatfields* – Yes I Do / When She Returns

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Cha Cha Records (2)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock

  20. The Vanguards (5) - Holiday With The Vanguards

    The Vanguards (5) – Holiday With The Vanguards

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Jacks Beat Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Denmark
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Beat

  21. ABBA & Stikkan* - Sång Till Görel

    ABBA & Stikkan* – Sång Till Görel

    Sold for $2365.00 Label: Polar
    Format: 12″, S/Sided, Maxi, Ltd, Blu
    Country: Sweden
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Pop

  22. Tibor Bisztriczky*, Felix Schröder - Virtuose Stücke Für Violine Und Klavier

    Tibor Bisztriczky*, Felix Schröder – Virtuose Stücke Für Violine Und Klavier

    Sold for $2444.00 Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Format: 10″, Album
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1959
    Genres: Classical

  23. Mighty Ryeders - Help Us Spread The Message

    Mighty Ryeders – Help Us Spread The Message

    Sold for $2499.00 Label: Sun Glo Records Inc.
    Format: LP, Album, Promo, Fir
    Country: US
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Funk

  24. The Sizzling Starlistics - I Need Someone

    The Sizzling Starlistics – I Need Someone

    Sold for $2950.00 Label: Love Records (51)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  25. The Beatles & Frank Ifield - The Beatles And Frank Ifield On Stage

    The Beatles & Frank Ifield – The Beatles And Frank Ifield On Stage

    Sold for $2995.00 Label: Vee Jay Records
    Format: LP, Comp
    Country: US
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock, Vocal

  26. The Phonetics - Don't Let Love Get You Down

    The Phonetics – Don’t Let Love Get You Down

    Sold for $2999.00 Label: Trudel Records, Trudel Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  27. Nirvana - Love Buzz b/w Big Cheese

    Nirvana – Love Buzz b/w Big Cheese

    Sold for $3000.00 Label: Sub Pop
    Format: 7″, Single, Ltd, Num
    Country: US
    Released: 1988
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Grunge

  28. Steel Mill - Green Eyed God

    Steel Mill – Green Eyed God

    Sold for $4175.00 Label: Penny Farthing
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  29. Bad Brains - Pay To Cum!

    Bad Brains – Pay To Cum!

    Sold for $4277.00 Label: Bad Brain Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1980
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hardcore, Punk

  30. Ludwig van Beethoven, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra - The Nine Symphonies & Overtures

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra – The Nine Symphonies & Overtures

    Sold for $4347.00 Label: The Electric Recording Co.
    Format: 13xLP, Ltd, Num, RE, RM + Box
    Country: UK
    Released: 2019
    Genres: Classical

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6 Comments
  • Apr 5,2020 at 22:36

    Madang, the cheap copies were obviously reissues or bootlegs. Sellers listed them on the original issue page probably because separate listings for the reissue/bootleg didn’t exist yet (or to get more reach on wishlists).

  • Mar 26,2020 at 01:53

    For me the most amusing lot is actually D.R. Hooker’s – I haven’t heard the album yet or researched the story, but on the Price History page there was clearly ZERO hype all the way up until 2016, and LP was sold a few times at totally normal prices, never above $42 (and that’s for an unsealed copy). And then, it skyrocketed STRAIGHT into $$$$ in just one year.

    Otherwise, as always, the best segment on Discogs’ blog. I just wish that each position on the list would be at least briefly annotated – to explain the particular value, rarity, etc.

    And, btw, I still wish the list of ‘most expensive ITEMS’ wouldn’t be limited just to vinyl! Extremely curious to see how a monthly TOP-5 (at least) looks like for other formats as well, like CDs and cassettes. Even if they are banking less $$$$ in total numbers, I’m sure there are plenty of anecdotal items and interesting trends to evaluate and observe.

  • Mar 26,2020 at 00:17

    Green Eyed God by Steel Mill was at most a $300 LP
    in 2015. Hard to fathom what factors would drive
    the price up so high in such a relatively short
    period of time? It’s not even that rare.
    Probably an impulse buy from some rich
    intoxicated prog. Barney.

  • Mar 24,2020 at 23:16

    I love this feature. Thanks for sharing. I’ve sold used and rare books since 1997 online. I remember early on excited collectors waiting for years to complete their collections would pay amazing prices but then a glut of books hit the Internet and prices fell like rocks. I’m curious to see if this happens to vinyl also. I sense that it’s a completely different market so hopefully not.

  • Mar 5,2020 at 21:59

    The Top30 list is generated by paid invoices, so if your sales aren’t closed, it is possible they could show up on upcoming lists.

  • Mar 5,2020 at 19:40

    Hi, I sold 3 items in marketplace in January that should have made this list. The most expensive, Strategy by Level 42 sold for £3,500. Sandstorm acetate also by Level 42 sold for £2,900. Love Meeting Love (clear vinyl) again by Level 42 went for £1100. How come none are in the list please?

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