By Susan Sliwicki
If you’re looking for a common thread with this edition’s Market Watch countdown of top record auction results, the letter P appears to be the best candidate. You’ve got a prog rock entry, a signed Platinum sales disc, a pair of Parlophone releases and a bit of a puzzle with our No. 1 entry.
5. $7,866.84 — Paternoster, “Paternoster,” LP. Prog-rock rarities continue to appeal to collectors, as evidenced by this auction, which drew 32 bids for a Mint-Minus copy of Paternoster’s self-titled release on the CBS Label (64-958). “This is a (sic) original Austrian pressing of a rare, mega -rare heavy progressive psych rock album,” the seller wrote.
4. $8,925.41 — Oasis, “Definitely Maybe,” “What’s The Story Morning Glory” and “Be Here Now,” signed Platinum sales disc. Despite a nickname that might suggest otherwise, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs knew the best way to get top dollar for a good cause: He signed and donated one of his own Platinum sales discs. He also got Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell, Chris Sharrock, Jay Mehler, Tim Burgess, Martin Blunt, Mark Collins, Tony Rogers and Pete Salisbury to sign, as well. He made the donation after playing at The Royal Albert Hall on Oct. 18, 2013, at the event A Night For Jon Brookes. Brookes, who was drummer for The Charlatans, died of a brain tumor. All proceeds from the sale were donated to charity.
3. $9,092.24 — The Beatles, “Please Please Me,” LP. The seller was quick to tout this stereo, first-pressing U.K. release of “Please Please Me” as an “outstanding investment grade copy.” Potential buyers must have agreed; they placed 41 bids for this copy of PCS 3042, which features the Dick James label credits, MZT tax code and black and gold label (plus gold stereo cover), of which only 900 copies are believed to have been pressed. “A black gold stereo is the gemstone of any Beatles collection and a blue chip investment which can only appreciate in value in the coming years,” the seller wrote. The vinyl earned a play grade of Excellent Plus; its labels ranged from Excellent to Excellent Plus, while the inner sleeve earned E+ and the cover graded at E-.
2. $12,770.84 — The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night,” LP. Nothing like celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ filming of “A Hard Day’s Night” by snagging a U.K. mono pressing of PMC 1230. Sticklers for condition will be glad to know the Emitex liner bag earned a grade of Near Mint, while the vinyl and Parlophone labels graded at Mint Minus. “Guaranteed original, complete and in beautiful condition, too,” the seller wrote.