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Top 30 Most Expensive Items Sold In Discogs Marketplace For September 2019

It is happening again. Yes, the same number 1 as two months ago, but for $2,078 more. And without much use of my psychic powers, I can foresee this happening more times in the future since this item doesn’t seem to stop growing in value.

I was looking for emotional shelter in our number 2 (that always works), but guess what… IT IS HAPPENING AGAIN (part 2).

Alright, I guess I’ll have to scan the rest of the chart to find some of those sweet sweet records we’ve never seen around here before. Oh! Lucky me, at number 4 we have this single by The Quarrymen. And the story attached to this unique item is quite something:

“According to various sources, among others an article published by The Guardian and written by Tom Horan in November 2012, Paul McCartney bought from John “Duff” Lowe the original acetate in 1981. The acetate was taken to Abbey Road and was restored, removing pops and clicks. A small private pressing on thick vinyl of approximately 50/55 copies was made. 20/25 10 inches 78 rpm and 25/30 7 inches 45 rpm (this listing refers to the latter). The labels were an accurate reproduction of the original, with no mention of The Quarrymen. Each pressing was then housed in a reproduction of a die-cut Parlophone sleeve. It is said that some of these copies were given to George and Ringo at Christmas”.

Another record that caught my attention instantly was number 6: Made In Rock by Solid Ground. Yes, after a good amount of Top 30s you become a lethal humanoid capable of finding records that have never been included in the list in a second. Either way, the Swedish rock band Solid Ground released this album in 1976 and judging by a whooping Want/Have ratio of 11.7, you’d figure that the price tag wouldn’t be small. Congratulations to its new lucky owner.

And before I let you scroll down to see how the list looks like this month, there’s another item that has got me all 😮. Since I’ve been navigating the wonderful world of box sets lately, this is the first time ever I’ve seen a box set released in the very same year of purchase appearing on this list. The box set causing this is Woodstock – Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive. Sounds familiar, right? That’s because we talked about it a few months ago on the Discogs Blog. We cannot blame the new owner of this box set for paying that price, it’s the real deal.

I promised it and I’ll deliver it: this is the top 30 most expensive items sold in September 2019. Indulge in unique items and hope to see you next month:

  1. The Beatles - The Collection album cover

    The Beatles – The Collection

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, EMI, Capitol Records
    Format: 14xLP, Ltd, Num, RM + Box, Comp
    Country: US
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Beat, Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock

  2. The Royal Jesters - Private Number / Girl I Can't Forget album cover

    The Royal Jesters – Private Number / Girl I Can’t Forget

    Sold for $1500.00 Label: Clown Records (3)
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Genres: Funk / Soul

  3. Eric Prydz - Opus album cover

    Eric Prydz – Opus

    Sold for $1518.00 Label: Virgin EMI Records
    Format: 4xLP, Album, Ltd, 180
    Country: Europe
    Released: 2016
    Genres: Electronic
    Styles: Progressive House

  4. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon album cover

    Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

    Sold for $1648.00 Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Harvest
    Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM
    Country: US
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock

  5. Osunfisan Brothers & Sisters - Yoga - Be An Enlightened Soul - Stay Young And Pure With Yoga album cover

    Osunfisan Brothers & Sisters – Yoga – Be An Enlightened Soul – Stay Young And Pure With Yoga

    Sold for $1750.00 Label: EMI
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Nigeria
    Released: 1979
    Genres: Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: African, Afrobeat, Boogie, Disco, Funk

  6. Flowers - For Real album cover

    Flowers – For Real

    Sold for $1898.00 Label: LA Xpressio Records
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  7. Misfits - Walk Among Us album cover

    Misfits – Walk Among Us

    Sold for $1950.00 Label: Ruby Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1982
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  8. Perky Quinby* And Gavin Gervis - The Street And The Sea album cover

    Perky Quinby* And Gavin Gervis – The Street And The Sea

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Simple Productions
    Format: LP, Gat
    Country: US
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Folk, Folk Rock

  9. Gil Bernal - James / The Dogs album cover

    Gil Bernal – James / The Dogs

    Sold for $2000.00 Label: Bumps Record Co.
    Format: 7″, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1961
    Genres: Funk / Soul, Blues
    Styles: Soul, Rhythm & Blues

  10. Oasis (2) - Columbia album cover

    Oasis (2) – Columbia

    Sold for $2060.00 Label: Creation Records
    Format: 12″, S/Sided, Ltd, Promo
    Country: UK
    Released: 1993
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Brit Pop, Indie Rock

  11. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World album cover

    David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

    Sold for $2134.00 Label: Mercury, Mercury
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock, Glam

  12. Jay Jay Johnson* / Kai Winding / Bennie Green - Trombone By Three album cover

    Jay Jay Johnson* / Kai Winding / Bennie Green – Trombone By Three

    Sold for $2196.00 Label: Prestige
    Format: LP, Comp
    Country: US
    Released: 1957
    Genres: Jazz
    Styles: Bop

  13. Frank Zappa - Läther album cover

    Frank Zappa – Läther

    Sold for $2200.00 Label: Mercury
    Format: 4xLP, Album, TP
    Country: US
    Released: 1977
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Experimental

  14. Analogy - Analogy album cover

    Analogy – Analogy

    Sold for $2222.00 Label: Dischi Produzioni Ventotto, Dischi Produzioni Ventotto
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Italy
    Released: 1972
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Krautrock, Prog Rock

  15. Mad Man Jaga* - Wakabout album cover

    Mad Man Jaga* – Wakabout

    Sold for $2250.00 Label: Joromi Records
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Nigeria
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country
    Styles: Afrobeat, Funk, Highlife, African

  16. The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico album cover

    The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) – The Velvet Underground & Nico

    Sold for $2500.00 Label: Verve Records
    Format: LP, Album, Mono, Eas
    Country: US
    Released: 1967
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Garage Rock, Art Rock, Experimental, Psychedelic Rock

  17. Various - We Moved! album cover

    Various – We Moved!

    Sold for $2564.00 Label: MPL (2)
    Format: 7″, Promo
    Country: UK
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Rock, Pop
    Styles: Pop Rock

  18. U2 - All I Want Is You album cover

    U2 – All I Want Is You

    Sold for $2696.00 Label: Festival Records
    Format: 7″, Ltd, Pur
    Country: Australia
    Released: 1989
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Pop Rock

  19. Estes Brothers - Transitions album cover

    Estes Brothers – Transitions

    Sold for $2999.00 Label: EDCOM
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: US
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock

  20. Various - Woodstock - Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive album cover

    Various – Woodstock – Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive

    Sold for $3000.00 Label: Rhino Records (2), Cotillion
    Format: 38xCD + Blu-ray + Box, Comp, Ltd, Num
    Country: US
    Released: 2019
    Genres: Rock, Funk / Soul, Blues, Folk, World, & Country

  21. The Misfits* - Bullet album cover

    The Misfits* – Bullet

    Sold for $3000.00 Label: Plan 9
    Format: 7″, EP
    Country: US
    Released: 1978
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Punk

  22. David Bowie - Space Oddity album cover

    David Bowie – Space Oddity

    Sold for $3000.00 Label: Philips
    Format: 7″, Single, Mono
    Country: Singapore
    Released: 1969
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Classic Rock

  23. E. Williams* - Trade My Soul To The Devil / My Love Waits For Me album cover

    E. Williams* – Trade My Soul To The Devil / My Love Waits For Me

    Sold for $3101.00 Label: Jaa Dee
    Format: 7″
    Country: US
    Released: 1964
    Genres: Funk / Soul
    Styles: Soul

  24. Ludwig van Beethoven, Milstein*, Leinsdorf* - Violin Concerto album cover

    Ludwig van Beethoven, Milstein*, Leinsdorf* – Violin Concerto

    Sold for $3111.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP
    Country: UK
    Released: 1962
    Genres: Classical

  25. Solid Ground (4) - Made In Rock album cover

    Solid Ground (4) – Made In Rock

    Sold for $3295.00 Label: Scam Records (2)
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: Sweden
    Released: 1976
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock

  26. Leonid Kogan, Kyril Kondrashin*, Brahms*, Philharmonia Orchestra - Brahms Violin Concerto (Concerto In D Major, Op. 77) album cover

    Leonid Kogan, Kyril Kondrashin*, Brahms*, Philharmonia Orchestra – Brahms Violin Concerto (Concerto In D Major, Op. 77)

    Sold for $3846.00 Label: Columbia
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Genres: Classical
    Styles: Romantic

  27. The Quarrymen - In Spite Of All The Danger / That'll Be The Day album cover

    The Quarrymen – In Spite Of All The Danger / That’ll Be The Day

    Sold for $5555.00 Label: Kensington (2)
    Format: 7″, RE
    Country: UK
    Released: 1981
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Rock & Roll

  28. Leaf Hound - Growers Of Mushroom album cover

    Leaf Hound – Growers Of Mushroom

    Sold for $5700.00 Label: Decca, Decca
    Format: LP, Album
    Country: UK
    Released: 1971
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Hard Rock

  29. The Beatles - Love Me Do album cover

    The Beatles – Love Me Do

    Sold for $9220.00 Label: Parlophone
    Format: 7″, Single, Promo
    Country: UK
    Released: 1962
    Genres: Rock
    Styles: Beat

  30. Röyksopp - Melody A.M. album cover

    Röyksopp – Melody A.M.

    Sold for $10256.00 Label: Wall Of Sound
    Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, S/Edition, W/Lbl
    Country: UK
    Released: 2002
    Genres: Electronic
    Styles: House, Downtempo


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Javi is a Spanish immigrant currently living in Amsterdam and our social media and blog guy. When he's not working 9 to 5 (what a way to make a living), he spends his days obsessing about music, spending his Discogs salary on attending gigs and festivals, and going to the movies more than any doctor would recommend.
3 Comments
  • Nov 18,2019 at 17:50

    @WolfXCIX, Misfits are a bad example, all their stuff has been re-issued many, many times, in any color vinyl you’d like, though most of the reissues are classified as bootlegs and not permitted on Discogs. (some are, some are semi-official, i think) But really, just about all of these, look at that Bowie record, you can go buy that at Target right now, or just listen to it on Spotify for free, it couldn’t be easier to get the music, but certain original copies are always going to be worth more to collectors. For people willing to spend $1000+ for a record, it has nothing to do with the availability of the song, or even the actual music, it’s about wanting an artifact.

  • Nov 10,2019 at 18:53

    Discogs should make 2 lists: LP and CD. This is actually just a list for LP. As a collector I still don’t know what’s selling well in CD market.

  • Nov 7,2019 at 07:39

    I honestly hope the record companies are paying attention to these lists, they’re missing out on some real potential profit here! I mean how many times has that same Misfits record appeared on here? Not to mention all those golden nugget 7 inches on here, those master tapes are just languishing somewhere in a storage unit!

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