Prince - The Black Album for sale

Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace For June 2018

There’s only one word that matters for June’s top sellers: Prince! The Purple One has set another record in the Discogs Marketplace, and so has The Black Album. Back in April 2016, an US promo copy went for $15,000. While a promo copy from the States is incredibly rare, it’s nothing compared to the version that just netted $27,500.

Originally styled as The Funk Bible in press releases, it was slated for release in December 1987. At the last minute, Prince decided the album was “evil.” Not the cool kind of evil, either. He ordered Warner Bros. to shelve the album and destroy every copy. Some promos had already been circulated, so they were out there to be passed around. Consequently, those promo copies are how The Black Album became one of the most bootlegged records of all time.

This month’s high earner is different. It’s not a promo release and was uncirculated. The sealed LP was part of the otherwise-destroyed Canadian production run and was saved by pressing plant employee at the last minute!

According to Jeff Gold, a former Executive VP at Warner Bros. Records who worked with Prince, the anonymous employee “was working at Columbia Records’ Canadian pressing plant in Canada. When The Black Album was pulled and the copies that had been made marked for destruction, he kept one copy for himself. He never realized its rarity or value until reading about the discovery of [five sealed US copies in 2016] and contacted me.”

As the only known production copy from Canada, that makes this version of The Black Album one of the rarest pieces of vinyl in the world. So of course it would sell for more than first five cars combined!

Here are the rest of June’s most expensive items sold in the Discogs Marketplace:

 

  1. Hog-Gish - Hog-Gish

    Hog-Gish – Hog-Gish

    Sold for $1200.00 Label: Not On Label (Hog-Gish Self-released)
    Format: Flexi, 8″, EP
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1988
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  2. Andy Y Su Orquesta Riverside - Trae Salsa Al Bembe

    Andy Y Su Orquesta Riverside – Trae Salsa Al Bembe

    Sold for $1200.00 Label: ORC Records (2)
    Format: LP
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Latin
    Styles: Guaguancó, Guaracha, Bolero, Guajira, Mambo

  3. Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times

    Satyricon – Dark Medieval Times

    Sold for $1227.00 Label: Moonfog Productions
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd
    Country: Norway
    Released: 1993
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  4. Garnet Mimms - As Long As I Have You / A Little Bit Of Soap

    Garnet Mimms – As Long As I Have You / A Little Bit Of Soap

    Sold for $1231.00 Label: United Artists Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: France
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  5. Rey Davila - On His Own (Ya Era Tiempo)

    Rey Davila – On His Own (Ya Era Tiempo)

    Sold for $1257.00 Label: ORC Records (2)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Latin
    Styles: Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz, Descarga

  6. Tickled Pink - Reach Out (And Give Me Your Hand)

    Tickled Pink – Reach Out (And Give Me Your Hand)

    Sold for $1298.00 Label: Pink Knip
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Funk, Soul

  7. Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe

    Macintosh Plus – Floral Shoppe

    Sold for $1299.00 Label: Beer On The Rug
    Format: Cass, Album, Ltd, C44
    Country: US
    Released: 2012
    Genres: Electronic, Funk / Soul
    Styles: Abstract, Funk, Vaporwave, Experimental

  8. Razar - Stamp Out Disco / Task Force (Undercover Cops)

    Razar – Stamp Out Disco / Task Force (Undercover Cops)

    Sold for $1301.00 Label: Not On Label, Able Label
    Format: 7″, Single, Yel
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  9. Eric Dolphy - In Europe

    Eric Dolphy – In Europe

    Sold for $1312.00 Label: Debut Records (3)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Denmark
    Released: 1962
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Post Bop

  10. Cody Black - Keep On Keeping On / I'm Slowly Molding

    Cody Black – Keep On Keeping On / I’m Slowly Molding

    Sold for $1328.00 Label: King Records (3)
    Format: 7″, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  11. The Saints (2) - (I'm) Stranded

    The Saints (2) – (I’m) Stranded

    Sold for $1339.00 Label: Fatal Records (2)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  12. Michael Jackson - Someone In The Dark

    Michael Jackson – Someone In The Dark

    Sold for $1350.00 Label: MCA Records
    Format: 7″, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Pop
    Styles: Ballad

  13. Thors Hammer - Thors Hammer

    Thors Hammer – Thors Hammer

    Sold for $1398.00 Label: Metronome
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Denmark
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Jazz, Rock
    Styles: Jazz-Rock, Prog Rock

  14. Joy Division - An Ideal For Living

    Joy Division – An Ideal For Living

    Sold for $1459.00 Label: Enigma
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: UK
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: New Wave, Punk

  15. Tsunematsu Masatoshi - Do You Wanna Be My Dog・g・g!?

    Tsunematsu Masatoshi – Do You Wanna Be My Dog・g・g!?

    Sold for $1461.00 Label: Gozira Records
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: Japan
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  16. Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra

    Museo Rosenbach – Zarathustra

    Sold for $1498.00 Label: Ricordi
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1973
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Prog Rock

  17. Spontaneous Generation* - Purple, Purple

    Spontaneous Generation* – Purple, Purple

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Peace (19), Peace (19)
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  18. Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Express

    Kraftwerk – Trans Europa Express

    Sold for $1515.00 Label: Not On Label, Kling Klang
    Format: LP, Album, Promo
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Electronic
    Styles: Electro

  19. Mark Fry - Dreaming With Alice

    Mark Fry – Dreaming With Alice

    Sold for $1630.00 Label: IT
    Format: LP
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Acoustic, Psychedelic Rock, Folk

  20. Jackie McLean - Presenting... Jackie McLean

    Jackie McLean – Presenting… Jackie McLean

    Sold for $1650.00 Label: Ad Lib (2)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1955
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Bop

  21. Grateful Dead* - 30 Trips Around The Sun

    Grateful Dead* – 30 Trips Around The Sun

    Sold for $1749.00 Label: Rhino Records (2)
    Format: 80xCD + 7″ + Box, Ltd
    Country: US
    Released: 2015
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  22. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

    Sold for $1752.00 Label: Atlantic, Atlantic
    Format: LP, Album, M/Print, Wre
    Country: UK
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock

  23. Bathory - Bathory

    Bathory – Bathory

    Sold for $2053.00 Label: Black Mark Production
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Sweden
    Released: 1984
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Black Metal

  24. The Parisians - Twinkle Little Star / The Cockroach

    The Parisians – Twinkle Little Star / The Cockroach

    Sold for $2497.00 Label: Demon Hot Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  25. The Rolling Stones - Songs Of The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones – Songs Of The Rolling Stones

    Sold for $2502.00 Label: ABKCO Music, Inc.
    Format: LP, Comp, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1975
    Genres: Rock

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

    Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

    Sold for $2566.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album, Mono
    Country: UK
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock

  27. Little Nicky Soul - I Wanted To Tell You / You Said

    Little Nicky Soul – I Wanted To Tell You / You Said

    Sold for $3125.00 Label: Shee Records
    Format: 7″, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  28. Roy Panton - Endless Memory

    Roy Panton – Endless Memory

    Sold for $3305.00 Label: Bronco (2)
    Format: 7″, W/Lbl
    Country: Jamaica
    Released: 1968
    Genres: Reggae
    Styles: Rocksteady

  29. Bernie Williams - Ever Again / Next To You

    Bernie Williams – Ever Again / Next To You

    Sold for $5314.00 Label: Bell Records
    Format: 7″, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  30. Prince - The Black Album

    Prince – The Black Album

    Sold for $27500.00 Label: Warner Bros. Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Canada
    Released: 1987
    Genres: Electronic, Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul, Funk

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