The 20 Most Valuable Records Ever

As all good vinyl-lovers should, we asked the experts at Record Collector magazine to name the UK’s most sought-after vinyl. Here’s what they came up with.


1Value: £2000

Value: £2000
20. Madonna, 'Erotica' 12-inch picture disc, 1992. Swiftly withdrawn from sale, supposedly so as to avoid offending Fergie, Duchess Of York with it's toe-sucking image. Value: £2000.


3Value: £2000

Value: £2000
18. The Rolling Stones, 'Their Satanic Majesties Request', 1967. It's believed there are only two copies in existence of this padded silk sleeve promo version. Value: £2000.

4Value: £2000

Value: £2000
17. Dark, 'Dark Round The Edges' LP, 1972, a private pressing by the Northampton prog band. Twelve copies exist with colour gatefold sleeve and booklet. Value: £2000. Source: Record Collector.

5Value: £2000

Value: £2000
16. The Bread And Beer Band LP, 1969. This was a session-band set recorded by Elton John back when he was still called Reg Dwight. It's a vaguely funky album which Decca delined to release, and which the band put out on their own label in a handmade sleeve. Value: £2000.

6Value: £2500

Value: £2500
15. Leaf Hound. 'Growers Of Mushroom' LP, 1971. Never heard of Leaf Hound? Us neither, but this UK blues-rock album is highly collectable. Value: £2500.


14. Ron Hargrave, 'Latch On/Only A Daydream'. This rockabilly single from 1958 - by the bloke who write 'High School Confidential' for Jerry Lee Lewis - isn't even very good. But only six UK copies are known to exist, so it's worth £3000. Source: Record Collector.

8Value: £3000

Value: £3000
13. David Bowie, 'Space Oddity/Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud', 7-inch single. Unreleased picture sleeve, only two or three copies are known to exist. Value: £3000.


12. The Beatles, 'Love Me Do/PS I Love You'. 250 demo copies of this 1962 7-inch single contained the misspelling, 'McArtney'. Hence the price tag of £3000.


11. Tinkerbells Fairydust LP, 1969. A slightly obscure British pop group, Tinkerbells Fairydust recorded this bubblegum psych album for Decca, but it was never released. The unusual packaging - a laminated front sleeve with mono stereo 'peephole' on rear - means it's worth £3000.

11Value: £3000

Value: £3000
10. Billy Nicholls, 'Would You Believe' LP, 1968. Andrew Loog Oldham’s beautiful answer to 'Pet Sounds', featuring backup from The Small Faces. The collapse of label Immediate means only a handful of copies reached the shops. Value: £3000

12Value: £3000

Value: £3000
9. John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, 'Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins' LP, 1968. Some copies were pressed with no track listing and a blurb on the front sleeve. Value: £3000 Source: Record Collector.


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8. The Beatles, 'Please Please Me', 1963. The rare second pressing of The Beatles' debut album is worth £3500.

14Value: £3500

Value: £3500
7. The Beatles, 'Please Please Me' LP, 1963. This first pressing of the album is identical to the second, apart from one difference - it has a publishing credit for Dick James Music Company as opposed to Northern Songs. Value: £3500

15Value: £4000

Value: £4000
6. John's Children, 'Midsummer Night's Scene/Sara Crazy Child', 7-inch single, 1967. A pre-T Rex Marc Bolan played guitar and wrote the songs on this release by the Mod band, but mysteriously it was never released. Value: £4000.

16Value: £5000

Value: £5000
5. Queen, 'Bohemian Rhapsody/I'm In Love With My Car', 7 Inch Single, 1978. This EMI in-house special edition of the single doubled as an invite to a company event, and so came with goodies including matches, pen, ticket, menu, outer card sleeve, scarf and EMI goblets in card box. Value: £5000.


4. The Beatles, "White Album' double LP, 1968. Depending on the serial number, this first pressing could set you back as much as £7000.


3. Sex Pistols, 'God Save The Queen/No Feelings'. This version of the band's 1977 single was withdrawn from sale, and only about 300 copies are believed to exist. Those still with brown envelope and press release are worth £8000, or £7500 without. Source: Record Collector.

19Value: £10,000.

2. The Quarrymen, 'That'll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger'. A 1981 private reproduction of the 1958 original, only 25 copies exist. Famously, members of The Quarrymen went on to form The Beatles. Value: £10,000.


1. The Quarrymen, 'That'll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger'. Yep, the same record as Number 2, but this is the 1958 original. It's the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe. It's worth an estimated £100,000.

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