An original UK pressing of singer's second album has sold for over £4k
An original vinyl pressing of David Bowie‘s second album has become the most expensive album in the history of record collectors’ website Discogs.
The self-titled album (later renamed ‘Space Oddity’) was released in 1969. An original UK pressing of the LP fetched $6,826 (£4,722) in a recent sale, beating a previous record set by New York band Judge, whose ‘Chung King Can Suck It’ limited-edition 12″ sold for $6,048 (£4,183) in 2015.
The news was announced via a blog on the Discogs website, which read: “Finding a good copy of the first UK pressing of [Bowie’s] album is no easy feat. Is it almost $7k difficult? Maybe not.”
The post also noted that the buyer of the record was anonymous: “I’m not sure where this expensive record is going. I don’t know who is looking after it now. But I hope, wherever it is, it’s being treasured in whatever way the buyer finds appropriate. I hope that future generations will be able to grab it off the shelf and give it a listen, and I hope the first time they start side one they get completely swept away in the story of a man who was looking back at his home planet at a time when that still seemed like a tenuous proposition. Above all else, I hope that David Bowie’s art continues to matter, because he certainly put a lot of himself in all of those songs. I want to see that part of him echo forward.”
Ron Rich, Discog’s marketing director, also said that the had been an increase in demand for Bowie records since the singer’s passing in January.
“As morbid as it sounds, there is usually a bump in sales in the marketplace for a given artist when they pass,” Rich said, as reported by The Guardian. “Collectors look to grab that piece of history, they want to own that a piece of the story. There are a finite number of that album and even fewer that were released under the title David Bowie – find one in good condition and you can relive that moment when you first listened to it. It’s tough to put a monetary value on that.”