Bowie records are tops on eBay in April 2016

David Bowie’s passing has tempted some record collectors (one English collector in particular) to auction off their best Bowie albums. The following is a list of top records sold on eBay, April 2016 — four of the top five are Bowie records.

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5. Leonid Kogan – “Beethoven Violin Concerto”
Listed As: “SAX 2386 LEONID KOGAN Beethoven Violin Conc in D op 61 T/s Ed 1 LP”
Sold For: US $9,485.23 (GBP 6,475.00)
Genre: Classical
Record Label: Columbia (SAX 2386)
Country/Region of Manufacture: U.K.
Release Year: 1959
Format: 12-Inch 33rpm
Special Attributes: First edition, stereo
Record Grading: A-
Sleeve Grading: A
Seller: Private seller
Seller’s Comments: “Extremely rare UK COLUMBIA first edition STEREO LP SAX 2386. MATRIX NUMBERS YLX 1052-1 / YLX 1053-1 and 1 2 G / 1 G stampers. VINYL GRADED A(-) CONDITION. SLEEVE GRADED A CONDITION. Superb condition, both vinyl and sleeve. Realistically, I don’t think you’ll find a better example. Just a couple of mega-light traces/ultra-fine hairlines only. No serious wear at all. Just very minor pops/ticks in very quiet areas.”

 

 

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4. David Bowie – “David Bowie”
Listed As: “DAVID BOWIE~ ORIGINAL 1969 UK TEST PRESSING WITH POSTER HOLY GRAIL ULTIMATE FIND”
Sold For: $10,400.79 (GBP 7,100.00)
Bids: 26 bids (Starting Price GBP 0.01)
Genre: Rock
Record Label: Philips
Country/Region of Manufacture: U.K.
Release Year: 1969
Format: 12-Inch 33rpm
Special Attributes: Test pressing; Original poster/ flyer
Record Grading: Read Comments
Sleeve Grading: NM
Seller: Private seller
Seller’s Comments: “On those very rare occasions in your life. It is so difficult when you come across an item, that the very instant your eyeballs scan what is in front of you. You have to think…..Get a grip, to control your heartbeat.Your fascial expression, indeed your whole body. I had a moment like that when I came across this CORKER ! Keep cool and smile thats what I did when I bought this ULTIMATE DAVID BOWIE GEM. From a beautiful woman (hi Mary). Who was a regular at the Beckingham arts lab and told me she had lost count how many times she had seen Bowie perform there. Building this collection I have met some really amazing people like Mary who not only saw Bowie dozens of times in the late 60s . She had many drinks with him in the three tons pub. Her stories were so ordinary they just had to be true. I also had the pleasure of meeting 2 sisters, one who went out with Mick Ronson and said her parents loved Mick, what a nice guy, but not his friend, David. Who always seemed to phone looking for Mick but phoned very late at night with no concidderation for anyone else, it would anger her dad. You know…. Stories like that, you just know are the truth. I bought this LP and a few other things from her about 25 years ago. I wanted to hear her say, yes, David Bowie gave this record to me , but that simply was not the case. If you look at the inner sleeve you will see its from the Kensington music Library . Disappointingly true. Well not all that disappointing . You can walk to Kensington from Beckingham where Bowie lived in 15 minutes so were in the ballpark so to speak. Collecting David Bowie records seldom gets more serious than this.

A test pressing of David`s second LP also called DAVID BOWIE and with a beautiful ORIGINAL poster/ flyer from one of the most famous David Bowie concerts he ever did. It was this concert that was the final nail in the coffin for poor old Kenneth Pitt, David`s first manager and long time father figure and friend. There was confusion over the responsibility for promoting this gig Between Ken Pitt and Bowie`s new ally Calvin Mark Lee. Whom if you are as sad as I am, and have looked at the inside of this great sleeve you will read David Bowie Vocals 12 string acoustic then all the instruments David plays …. Below that it says Design concept by David Bowie /CML thats Calvin Mark Lee . Anyway between Lee and Pitt they messed up the promotion and Bowie was FURIOUS. This gig was attended by so few journalists its impact was lost. Read the passage it states Ken Pitt saying “Bowie happened that night, I have never seen him perform so well,either before or since. Had the press been there everything that happened to him in 72 would have happened in November 69”. So a very important document in the story of David Bowie for the winner of this to frame for his music room wall. I love the ticket prices 10s 8s and 5s ,thats in the S is for shillings in “old money” before decimalisation which came in 1971. I think the 5s would be 25 pennies not a lot when pre 71 we had 240 pennies to a pound and not the 100 after 1971! The poster is about 9 inches by 7 inches so ideal for framing. The sleeve is IMMACULATE. ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER SEEN.

These sleeves are prone to ware because they were never laminated. Many are faded by exposure to light not so the case here. Double click the pictures. See the colours are still vibrant both inside and outside the gate fold . The spine is IMMACULATE . The labels are near mint with just a few spindle trails on each side. The vinyl has a few hairlines and side one has an unsightly hairline visible … IT HAS NO EFFECT AT ALL ON THE WAY THIS BABY PLAYS. It plays SUPERBLY. ALL THE WAY !!! The tiniest amount of surface noise is only present when your straining to hear it. This plays like the real cracker that it is. I love this LP . I am sad it is going but im embracing the changes in my life. I get this LP out regularly and I play it and I stare at the sleeve. Colette walks past with the phone welded to here ear, and says to whoever (one of her sisters) “Yeah hes here but his gawping like some tit in a trance at a record and talking to himself “. Why dosen`t she understand ? She got me into Bowie ! I mean there are female collectors , ive met some. There are female experts on the Antique programs . I think she has not grasped that there is something great about the rarity of this item that bewilders me.I love her, I just dont understand her. If she sees this. I am dead. I understand that ! How many of the worlds David Bowie collectors,THE MOST COLLECTABLE SOLO ARTIST EVER . CAN SIT THERE PLAYING THIS BRILLIANT LP . AN ORIGINAL 1969 UK TEST PRESSING AND STARE JUST LIKE A TIT IN A TRANCE, TALKING TO HIMSELF AT THIS GENUINE PIECE OF DAVID BOWIE ROCK HISTORY. This is right up there with the highest of the high !

SELL YOUR DRESS COVER !

SELL YOUR ROUND COVER !

SELL 20 VALUABLE RECORDS AND GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS ITEM.

OVER TIME ALL THE OTHERS CAN ONE DAY BE REPLACED. MARK MY WORDS ! I KNOW FIRST HAND HOW HARD THIS PRESSING IS TO FIND . IF YOU LIVE YOUR LIFETIME ALL OVER AGAIN. YOU MAY NEVER EVER, SEE THIS ITEM AGAIN. REALISE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE…. I AM DISMANTLING, PIECE BY PIECE, ONE OF THE FINEST DAVID BOWIE LP COLLECTIONS EVER ASSEMBLED . IT HAS TAKEN MY WHOLE LIFE TO BUILD THIS….DONT THINK YEAH I WILL GET THAT IN A YEAR OR TWO. YOU WONT !!! As the time ticks away watch this beauty leaving your life. FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE !!! IT IS A RARE PRIVELIDE TO OWN THIS. YOU ARE ONLY THIS WAY. THE ONCE ! IF YOU WANT THIS. DEMAND IT. AND HOW YOU DO THAT. IS. YOU WIN IT !!! WITH THE HISTRIONIC PURCELL ROOMS CONCERT FLYER. RARE.RARE.RARE.RARE.RARE.”

 

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3. David Bowie – “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”
Listed As: “DAVID BOWIE~ORIGINAL 1972 JAPANESE ZIGGY STARDUST BLACK OBI MINT CONDITION NR !!”
Sold For: $10,400.79 (GBP 7,100.00)
Bids: 20 bids (Starting Price GBP 0.01)
Genre: Rock
Record Label: RCA (6050)
Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan
Release Year: 1972
Format: 12-Inch 33rpm
Special Attributes: Original Japanese pressing, black OBI
Record Grading: Read Comments
Sleeve Grading: Read Comments
Seller: Private seller
Seller’s Comments: “MATRIX NUMBER RCA 6050 HQ 111* FIRST PRESSING. Did you ever wonder why is it from every artist from Abba to ZZ top. Why is it that the UK releases of the Stones , Beatles , Led Zep , Bowie , Elvis any of them . The UK releases are nearly always worth a huge amount more than any other country ? There are of course some exceptions like the Velvets USA release is valued higher than the UK release. There is the Beatles USA LP release of Sargent Peppers where the record executives replaced the Beatles heads with the heads of the record company bosses worth £100,000 . But Generally speaking its the UK pressings that are nearly always highest priced. That is because as you are all aware. There is no technology on Earth that moves faster than the arms race. We spend more money devising more efficient ways to destroy each other than we do helping each other. The arms race needs to be paid for. So all the massive record companies selling millions or records daily (imagine all the records sold by all the artists on any given large record company) are now owned by the governments. So Her majesty the Queen is the figurehead of the UK Polydor records who own the huge USA A&M records. Indeed there is a huge portrait of the Queen in the contract signing rooms, where all the stars sign their contracts.(just a small reminder of whom you will be working for). So when the Sex Pistols were signed to A&M records . As soon as they Punked Up the Queen with that safety pin through the nose on the picture sleeve of the classic GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. The Sex Pistols had to be fired. Either them or whoever signed them was going to the tower ! My point being ENGLAND has ALWAYS made the best quality records on Earth, and up until the early 80`s, the UK was the envy of the record manufacturing industry the world over. So with that in mind, isn`t it a fact that it is actually PATRIOTIC to buy records ! As a kid I worked weekends filling skips for my mates dads building business plus the six week school holidays to earn money to buy records. My dad hated me spending every penny on records ….All the time I was doing my bit (unknowingly to support our troops where ever they were in the world!). Arn`t records beautiful things…When you think about the artist, connecting with the young fan who idolises the artist. Then unknowingly to both, much of the profit made is supporting our soldiers. I LOVE RECORDS. Makes me think maybe John Lennon and the Stones had it a bit wrong with Taxman and Exile on Main street . Did you ever notice you never get David Bowie getting tied up in nonsence like that . Typical , English eccentric gentleman with way too much style . That is how important the record industry was in England ! And THAT IS WHY THEY ARE NOW, AND WILL BE THE WORKING CLASS ANTIQUES OF THE FUTURE !!!!THEY ARE DOWNRIGHT PATRIOTIC !!! Isn`t it sad we lead the world in this industry and we let it just slip through our fingers. FOR WHAT ? cds downloads or whatever people do now…. I dont know what people do now to get their music, and I dont want to know. There is only one other country that could ever hold a candle to the UK in terms of PRODUCT QUALITY, and how they manufactured their records. Without a doubt . It is JAPAN. They are a very, VERY close second . Beautifully produced . Just like this MINT example of the VERY FIRST JAPAN pressing of David Bowie`s MASTERPIECE from 1972 THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS. WITH THE FIRST BLACK OBI, PROOF OF A FIRST PRESSING. BEAUTIFUL.STUNNING. IMMACULATE.PRISTINE. This is your confirmation that all here are the BONA FIDE ORIGINALS. ALL THE WAY ! The magnificent album jacket is made of thick card stock in a paste on sleeve. Beautiful white labels with the silver typeset across a deep grove.That is the mark of a well made record. Thick heavy vinyl that glistens as the light hits it. Look at the matrix , no sign this was ever handled . A HIGH LUSTRE SHEEN THAT IS A COLLECTORS DREAM. The Japanese always went that extra mile to compete with the UK by introducing the OBi`s and other little extras like this gate fold inner lyric sheet with great shots of Bowie at the time of release. Introducing the Obi was a stoke of Genius for Japan . Because after the Black obis sold out . They pressed second third and fouth pressings with White, Green, Red and Orange Obi`s , on an on, the Obis changed. So it was an ingenious way to get serious collectors to buy later pressings of the same LP collecting all the Obi`s! This is lovely. And the first pressings are oh so rare !!!! EXCEPTIONALLY HARD TO FIND. In this condition….Forget it. Bowie collectors old and new, keep an eye on my auctions over the next few weeks. I will be selling some of the rarest David Bowie LPs that were ever pressed. MINT CONDITION. IMPOSSIBLY RARE !”

 

bowie-12. David Bowie – “David Bowie”
Listed As: “DAVID BOWIE~ ORIGINAL 1969 AUSTRALIAN PHILIPS STOCK COPY RARE NO RESERVE AAA+++”
Sold For: US $10,400.79 (GBP 7,100.00)
Bids: 18 bids (Starting Price GBP 0.01)
Genre: Rock
Record Label: Philips (PDS 339)
Country/Region of Manufacture: Australia
Release Year: 1969
Format: 12-Inch 33rpm
Special Attributes: Original Australian pressing, with original lyric sheet
Record Grading: Read Comments
Sleeve Grading: Read Comments
Seller: Private seller
Seller’s Comments: “This really is a lovely pressing, and so rare . So hard to find I waited for years to pick one of these up. And just like its little brother LP the Australian Dress Cover.It is a hundred times rarer than the UK pressing. Again just like the Aussie Dress sleeve this sleeve too is very delicate by its nature chiefly because it is made of very thin stock . But it is a beauty isnt it. Over the years I have owned only 4 of these and this one right here is the best of the lot by far. Like the Aussie Dress sleeves they are all shot to pieces and suffer appalling ring ware cos they are so thin. The front laminated sleeve has a lamination crack on the right side. The back of the sleeve shows ring ware but for this particular sleeve this is nothing. I love that cropped shot of Bowie with the Artist then song titles down the right side of Bowies face. I love the way they transposed the Victor Vasarely circular artwork on the left side of Bowie`s face . In the record industry None gate folds are known as “Standards” and made as a money saving exorcise simply because Philips/Mercury/Vertigo obviously never expected to sell a great deal of these in Australia in 1969 so saved some money by issuing it as a standard. But it is still a great sleeve. And very, VERY RARE . The textured lyric sleeve is present (thats usually missing) and in great shape. The vinyl has hairlines on both sides but it plays great. No kips jumping or sticking. Some background noise in the quiet parts but its a good 8 out of 10. The lovely blue record labels are in great condition with just a few spindle marks A great collectable release of a true Bowie classic.”

 

Bowie-TMWSTW1. David Bowie — “The Man Who Sold the World”
Listed As: DAVID BOWIE~TMWSTW~ 1971 ORIGINAL RAREST USA BOWIE LP IN EXISTENCE
Sold For:
$10,400.79 (GBP 7,100.00)
Bids: 25 bids (Starting Price GBP 0.01)
Genre: Rock
Record Label: Mercury (PSR-61325)
Country/Region of Manufacture: U.S.
Release Year: 1971
Format: 12-Inch 33rpm
Special Attributes: Original U.S. pressing
Record Grading: Read Comments
Sleeve Grading: Read Comments
Seller: Private seller
Seller’s Comments: “THE MOST UNDERRATED BOWIE RARITY IN THE WORLD + PROOF ! ONLY 1395 SOLD ON RELEASE PLUS PROOF . THE RAREST USA DAVID BOWIE PRESSING IN THE WORLD . This is the RAREST DAVID BOWIE ORIGINAL LP PRESSING IN 
THE WORLD and I can prove it ! There is a common myth among many
David Bowie collectors that this, the ORIGINAL USA CARTOON COVER of Bowie`s ROCK MASTERPIECE The Man Who Sold The World is quite easy to find . It just isnt . Yes eBay is littered with cartoon covers daily but they are not originals. That is the myth. Back in 1976 some very enterprising and very clever individuals got wind that a certain David Bowie LP was worth a wopping £120. So they got their heads together and decided to make a forgery of this valuable LP and went off and did the artwork and pressed the phoney vinyls up. And did a really great job of the 25,000 copies they made. YES 25,000 . The thing is. They forged the wrong copy of  THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD ! They were supposed to make a counterfeit of the UK valuable Dress cover. Instead they copied the USA version of TMWSTW, yes the cartoon copy.That is what is littering up eBay USA ! Just try to find an original with the machine stamped matrix number. Now thats a handful …yeah, 45 years ago , Bowie`s new LP only sold 1395 copies ! At the time Tony Defries was trying to create insane Hype paying anyone who could be heard, DJs, Journalists that Bowie`s TMWSTW had sold 50,000 copies in the USA where it was released first. As the release date in the UK approached (YES IT WAS RELEASED IN THE USA BEFORE THE UK) even Bowie believed him . Eventually the truth was obvious and it was a total disaster, it sold way less than the 1395 here in England. My guess is after the USA flop they only pressed 500 dress covers but who knows? So here are the two of them side by side for the very FIRST TIME EVER ON EBAY !!!!!. The seriously undervalued ultra rare USA 1971 ORIGINAL ON MERCURY RECORDS with the machine stamped matrix number. And the magnificent 1976 forgery….look to the typeset on the words DAVID BOWIE then the typeset on the $ THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD . Note how the forgery typeset is blurry, unlike the original which is noticeably sharper, and the blue in DAVID BOWIE is a lighter shade. Note the air bubbles on the front and back of the forgery on this paste back sleeve. This quality control would never have allowed this to leave the pressing plant in a record company the size of Philips/Mercury/Vertigo. The sky on the front of the fake is also a lighter shade of blue to the original. Double the pictures and look at the record labels.Without the matrix info can you tell the fake from the rare original ? The fakers did a great job . This is the second best forgery I have ever seen . HOW DID PEOPLE WITH THIS MUCH SKILL POSSIBLY
 MAKE SUCH A SUPERB COUNTERFEIT OF THE COMPLETELY WRONG LP ? Don`t you love mistakes like this ? It reminds me of the mistake in the Great Train Robbery when Ronnie Biggs said yeah my mate can drive the train. Its only when it came down to driving the train they found out he couldnt even drive a car .Yep thats true….The original sleeve is in EXCELLENT condition with the smallest amount of ware it is really superb. Note the hole in the sleeve bottom right corner also the hole in the exact same position on the inner sleeve. This was a practise unique to the Americans and I could never work it out. If a record was released in the US and sold poorly they would ship them over here to the UK to try to sell them to us. But before they tried to get us hard working FOOLS to buy THIER PRODUCT. They would first MUTILATE THE ITEM, BY PUSHING A HOT STEEL ROD THROUGH THE SLEEVE ! Sometime especially with singles this HOT BAR WOULD BE PUSHED STRAIGHT THROUGH THE RECORD NEAR THE SPINDLE HOLE ! CRAZY OR WHAT ??? THE HOLE MEANT IT WAS FOR EXPORT ! HERE IN ENGLAND WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON EXPORTING THE FINEST, IT HAS TO BE A CERTAIN QUALITY TO BE SENT OVERSEAS. I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED WHAT IS THE GUYS JOB DESCRIPTION WHO PERFORMS THIS INSANE TASK ? Those Americans love abbreviations dont they? Perhaps he would be known as the EORME. EXPORT ONLY RECORD MUTILATOR  EXECUTIVE ? LIKE I SAID, IN THE 60s and 70s THE UK WAS THE ENVY OF THE WORLD FOR THE WAY WE MANUFACTURED THESE ITEMS .THAT AT THE TIME WERE THE EPITOME OF HOUSEHOLD TECHNOLOGY !!!THE MAKING OF RECORDS WAS AN INDUSTRY TO BE PROUD OF !!!! Where did it go ? The labels are magnificent on both sides. The vinyl is as close to mint as possible spotlessly clean throughout and it plays with no flaws at all. How many originals are out there who knows ? THIS I BELIEVE ONE DAY WILL BE A MONSTER OF THE FUTURE. BECAUSE IT IS A GREAT PRESSING, AND A RARE PRESSING. OF A MAGNIFICENT BOWIE LP . COLETTES FAVOURITE BOWIE TRACK
OF ALL TIME IS ON HERE . ALL THE MADMEN . WHAT A SONG !!!! WHAT AN LP !!!!” AND HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON EBAY. SIDE BY SIDE. IS THE FANTASTIC COUNTERFEIT AND THE MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL 1971 USA MERCURY RED LABEL ULTRA RARE RELEASE
OF DAVID BOWIE`s ROCK MASTERPIECE 
THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD.”

 

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