Market Watch: Punk, funk and Fab 4 rule sales

 By Susan Sliwicki
$4,109.99 —The Beatles, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” b/w “I Saw Her Standing There” picture sleeve (no record).
$4,109.99 —The Beatles, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” b/w “I Saw Her Standing There” picture sleeve (no record).
For our regular Market Watch readers, it no surprise that The Beatles almost always show up in one form or another in our countdown. This week is no exception — and The Fab Four manage a very tidy hat trick as they conquer the top three spots.

1. $5,463.15 — The Beatles, Please Please Me: According to the seller, this U.K. pressing of Please Please Me on the Parlophone label is the “rarest of the rare.” Other than a faint needle mark on Side 2, the vinyl appears to be like new, although the seller didn’t disclose a grade for either the record or its sleeve.

2. $4,109.99 —The Beatles, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” b/w “I Saw Her Standing There” picture sleeve (no record): That’s right. No record; only the picture sleeve. But when it’s the Capitol 5112 picture sleeve that features The Beatles on the front and promotes “The Good Guys” from New York radio station WMCA on the rear, buyers are willing to cut the seller a little slack. The seller reported some small splits on the top edge of the sleeve, but no seam splits. Less than 1,000 of these picture sleeves are believed to have been given away. At last count, the near-mint value for picture sleeve with the 45 was $2,000, according to “Goldmine’s Price Guide to 45 RPM records.”

3. $3, 902.25 — The Beatles, Please Please Me: Surprise, surprise, the Fab Four are back again, this time with a U.K. mono pressing of Please Please Me. The seller touts the record as being “in great condition for a change,” stating that the record’s original poly inner emitex sleeve is in very good plus condition. The seller’s visual assessment of the vinyl turned up an excellent rating, as did the sleeve, audio and label conditions.

4. $3,550 — The Necros, “Sex Drive” 7-inch EP: Now an abrupt turn from British Invasion to hardcore punk with The Necros on the Touch and Go label. Only 100 of these were reportedly made in 1981, according to the seller, who said he was only selling this gem to pay the bills. The near-mint record included the original “Sex Pistols” sleeve with the full back cover that was rejected and thrown away.

5. $3,450 — Soul Drifter “Funcky Brother” 45: Not much to share about this lot — no record grades, nothing. All the seller had to say was that the record looked unplayed and that there was an X mark on one side of the record’s label. It was issued on the Smoke label from United Music World in West Columbia, S.C.

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