EDITOR’S NOTE: Goldmine compiles its Market Watch countdown from eBay auction results and seller descriptions. Any images shown with Market Watch stories are the same ones that appeared with the seller’s description of the piece.
By Susan Sliwicki
In this edition of Market Watch, find out how much online auction buyers spent on extra-black metal, a mountain of 45s and some classic rock standards.
10. $3,056.66 — The Dead Weather, “Hang You From the Heavens” b/w “Are Friends Electric?,” 45. Featuring hand-painted (and signed) cover art by Allison Mosshart of The Kills, this never-played 7-inch record (TMR-001) was one of the limited pressing of 150 made to celebrate the opening of Jack White’s Third Man Records store at an invitation-only event. This package also included the original invitation, the photo booth photo set of the band, a napkin and track list from the event, as well as the envelope the LP came in and its plastic sleeve.
9. $3,300 — Mary Jane Hooper, “I’ve Got What You Need” Parts 1 and 2, 45. The VG+ copy of Power-Pac 2055 was one of a string of Hooper’s records produced by Al Scramuzza at her time recording on the Power, Power-Pac and Audition labels. This one was arranged by Eddie Bo. Of note for trivia fans: If you’ve ever wondered if Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley PTA” could ever sound anything other than country, you’ll want to check out Hooper’s version on Power 2051.)
“This is one of the rarest New Orleans 45s of all time. Eddie Bo and Al Scramuzza monster funk classic,” the seller wrote. “Insanely rare and hard to find!”
8. $3,343.96 — Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin III,” LP. This U.K. first pressing of Atlantic 2401002 features a fully functional wheel in the gatefold cover and plum and red labels with Peter Grant credits on each side. While the seller described the sleeve, cover, labels and vinyl in detail — “thick, chunky vinyl,” “original glossy sheen,” “no loud clicks or pops,” “played but not over-played,” “light creasing/staining with age” — no formal grades were provided. “Do What Thou Wilt” and “So Mote It Be” are etched in the record’s runoff grooves.
“This audio is absolutely awesome throughout and absolutely stunning separation and a real deep, bass-y feel that, in my opinion, can only be achieved from the earliest pressings,” the seller wrote. “This is totally complete with the original Atlantic poly sleeve and first-issue E. Day gatefold with fully functional wheel, made and printed in England!
7. $4,139.98, “Mozart a Paris,” box set. When you can sell a box set that’s missing a record and described as being in “mostly good condition” and still pull in four grand, it must be a pretty big deal. At least, that’s our conclusion for this classical music collection pressed in France on the Pathe label (DTX 191-197) in 1955. This set is missing DTX 197, which consists of piano music featuring Van Barentzens, Ciampi, Benvenutti and Descaves.
“One of the rarest and most sought-after classical items, featuring superb original performances by the cream of French musicians: Perlemuter, Lazare-Lévy, Laskine, François, Doyen, Dumont, Pascal Quartet, Darré …” the seller wrote.
The antique box is in VG+ condition, and it includes the deluxe EX booklet and VG+ embossed original sleeves. The LPs earned grades between VG+ and EX.
6. $4,200 — Al Scott, “You’re Too Good” b/w “What Happened to Yesterday,” 45. Winning this countdown’s honors for abuse of the phrase “holy grail” is this VG/VG+ pressing of Genuine 150 featuring Al Scott.
“Really nice, solid play copy for northern soul DJs. Winning bidder will not be disappointed,” the seller wrote. “This is one of the rarest northern soul 45s of all time. This version is much harder to find than the Mr. Soul 45 (Al Scott) of the same recording on Genuine Records w/ the black label.”
5 and 4. $4,942.54 and $5,241.05 — The Beatles, “Please Please Me,” LP. Given how frequently first-pressing, stereo copies of “Please Please Me” with black and gold labels appear on Market Watch, we were starting to wonder exactly how many copies of this supposedly “rare” record really are out there or whether someone had found success cloning them in a lab somewhere.
But then we read the descriptions from both the No. 5 and No. 4 sellers on our countdown and saw the rest of the story. Both had to re-list their copies of PCS 3042 due to bidders who failed to pay for the items they won (and both listers referred to those previous winning bidders as “time wasters.”)
Twelve bids were exchanged before a winner was declared for the No. 5 copy; 46 were swapped for the No. 4 copy.
3. $6,100 — Wholesale lot of at least 40,000 45s from the 1950s. If you’d dreamt of doing a little prospecting of the vinyl kind, this lot offers the perfect opportunity. Filled with Northern Soul, doo-wop, jazz, country, rock and who knows what else on 40,000 to 50,000 45 RPM records dating from the 1950s — the seller wasn’t exactly sure just how many records were even in the lot. Given that the per-record price is 12 to 15 cents for this bulk lot (depending on how close the final total is to 40,000 vs. 50,000 records), that’s not a bad way for an organization-obsessed hobbyist to stay busy.
As if tens of thousands of records weren’t quite enough to keep the buyer busy, the seller also offered to throw in more than 300 LPs if the lot was purchased through the “buy it now” format, which it was. No word on whether the winning bidder took advantage of that opportunity.
2. $9,100 — Old Funeral, “Grim Reaping Norway,” LP. If you like your reaping to be both grim and ultra-rare, this lot’s likely for you. Classified as black/gothic metal, this record was released by Hearse Records and was a first pressing, one of 200 copies on black vinyl, according to the seller. Both the cover and vinyl were listed as Mint condition.
1. $10,000, Mutilation, “Vampires of Black Imperial Blood,” LP. It appears the seller from the No. 2 was cleaning out a collection, this time offering up this EX-condition LP from Mutilation. This record numbered 45 of 100 and was played less than 10 times, the seller said. The cover earned a slightly lower grade of NM because the upper-right corner has a slight fold.
“You are bidding on one of the rarest vinyl of black metal history!” the seller wrote. “DLP released/remastered by End All Life Productions in 1999 (limited to 100 copies), with one track omitted and three added.”