Market Watch: Top records sold at auction, April 2015

The following is a list of records sold at auction, April 2015. All formats of records listed.

Ram10. $6,000.00
Listed as: “Paul and Linda McCartney Ram Mono White Sleeve Promotional Copy”
Bids: 2
Genre: Rock
Record Label: Apple
Special Attributes: Mono promo
Record Grading: EX (disc only).
Seller: Heritage Auctions
Seller’s Comments: A rare mono promo produced for those relatively few radio stations that had yet to go to a full stereo broadcast. Very hard to find! Vocals and the guitars really stand out on this mix.

 

elvis

9. $6,198.18
Listed as: “ELVIS PRESLEY SUN ORIG”
Bids: 53
Genre: Rock
Record Label: Sun
Format: Singles (7-Inch) 45 rpm
Record Grading: Read comments
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: FANTASTIC AND RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THIS SUPERB ORIGINAL COLLECTION OF ELVIS’S FIRST 5 SUN RECORDS. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PICTURES IN THIS COLLECTION THERE ARE 2 SAMPLES , ALL THE RECORDS RETAIN THERE GLOSS AND LUSTRE FINISH AND IN NORMAL DAYLIGHT ALL LOOK EXCELLENT-. ALL THE RECORDS ARE HOUSED IN THERE ORIGINAL BAGS, AND 3 BAGS ARE STAMPED, ONE STAMPED SAMPLE COPY, ONE STAMPED 45223 MYSTERY TRAIN AND ONE STAMPED ELVIS DAY. 209 THAT’S ALRIGHT IS PRINTED AT 9 0CLOCK AND THE LATER VERSIONS WERE PRINTED AT 6 OCLOCK. 210 GOOD ROCKIN TONIGHT MISCREDITS RAY BROWN INSTEAD OF ROY BROWN, A SMALL A2 WRITTEN ON EACH SIDE BUT IN STUNNING CONDITION. BABY LET’S PLAY HOUSE SUN LABEL 217 IS STAMPED ON THE RUNOFF WITH THE DELTA TRIANGLE- RARE PRESSING. MILKCOW BLUES BOOGIE 215 STAMPED SAMPLE ON BOTH SIDES HAS A SMALL MANUFACTURERS KNICK ON THE EDGE OF THE RECORD, NO BITS ARE MISSING, NOT IN THE PLAYING GROOVE THIS RECORD IS THE RAREST OF THE 5 SUN SINGLES, EVEN RARER BEING A SAMPLE COPY AND IN THIS CONDITION. LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS MYSTERY TRAIN 223 HOUSED IN ITS ORIGINAL PROMOTIONAL BROWN BAG, SAMPLE STAMPED BOTH SIDES. ALSO IN THIS COLLECTION I HAVE ADDED A GENUINE RCA HANDSIGNED, DOUBLE SIGNED PROMO 1956 PHOTO.THE SUN RECORD IN THIS COLLECTION SUN 215 WAS PART OF THE LATE GARY PEPPER ESTATE WHO WAS A CLOSE FRIEND OF ELVIS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. Added Notes: RECORDS ARE FIRST PRESSINGS AND HAVE PUSH MARKS — MYSTERY TRAIN NEVER HAD PUSH MARKS. MATRIX NUMBERS THATS ALL RIGHT U – 128 -45 72 GOOD ROCKIN TONIGHT U – 131 -45 72 MILKCOW BLUES BOOGIE U – 140 – 45 72 BABY LETS PLAY HOUSE U – 143X – 45-2 72 DELTA TRIANGLE 3446 MYSTERY TRAIN 45 – U 156X 20.

 

beatles 45-2

8. $6,802.88
Listed as: “the beatles love me do demo 1962 parlophone label one of 250 known near mint”
Bids: 10
Genre: Pop & Beat: 1960s
Record Label: Parlophone
Format: Single (7-Inch) 45 rpm
Record Grading: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: selling for my dj friend again from his collection of rarer records now. we have here one of only 250 known 45 singles of the beatles A label demo on parlophone of love me do,what i have been informed by the owner were only sent out to djs for playing the record is in near mint condition and the labels are crisp with no writing on either side,the vinyl is ex plus with no distortion on playback. side one of the demo is love me do and side two is ps i love you.both sides have the misspelling of mcartney on the labels.also on both labels is the wording DEMONSTRATION RECORD NOT FOR SALE. the matrix numbers are 7XCE 17144-1N and 7XCE 1715-1N on the vinyl.
there is a ZT visible on the centre of the A label what i have been told is the tax code also the ZT is stamped into the left on both sides of the run outs.on the right hand side stamped is JR on both sides again. near mint condition labels crisp and been well looked after selling for my dj friend jr and zt stampers.

 

beatels-signed

7. $6,960.76
Listed as: “THE BEATLES SIGNED PLEASE PLEASE ME LP FROM DROP IN SWEDEN 1963”
Bids: 38
Starting Price: $9.99
Genre: Rock
Record Label: Parlophone
Format: Vinyl 12″ LP 33 rpm
Release Year: 1963
Special Attributes: Signed
Record Grading: VG-
Sleeve Grading: VG-
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: “ORIGINALLY SIGNED BY JOHN LENNON PAUL MCCARTNEY GEORGE HARRISON SIGNED AT SWEDISH TELEVISION PROGRAM DROP IN 1963. ORIGINALLY SIGNED BY THREE MEMBERS OF BEATLES ON BACKSIDE OF THE SLEEVE. THE AUTOGRAPHS ARE VERY NICE AND CLEAR.”

 

beatles gold

6. $7,328.33
Listed as: “The Beatles Please Please Me 1ST Stereo Gold Parlophone PCS 3042 UK”
Bids: 10
Genre: Pop & Beat: 1960s
Record Label: Parlophone (PCS 3042)
Format: 12″ LP 33 rpm
Record Grading: EX+/VG+ (read comments)
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: “VERY FIRST UK GOLD – STEREO PRESS with “Dick James ” Credits. This Parlophone STEREO GOLD label is the one. PCS 3402 Matrix Side 1: YEX 94-1 Matrix Side 2: YEX 95-1 STAMPERS: 1R on side one & 1G on side two : THESE ARE REVERSE STAMPERS AS THEY ARE USUALLY 1G/1R! FOR A MORE DETAILED NOTE ON THIS PLEASE SEE a very useful guide here. THE HEAVY WEIGHT VINYL IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, LOOKS HARDLY PLAYED AND SOUNDS GREAT!! SIDE ONE LOOKS ALMOST PERFECT AND IS EASILY GRADED AS EX+ . SIDE TWO ALSO LOOKS GREAT ALTHOUGH THERE ARE A COUPLE OF HAIRLINE SURFACE MARKS SO I WOULD CONSERVATIVELY GRADE AS VG+. THE GLOSSY VINYL IS PERFECTLY FLAT WITH NO WARPING AND NO WRITING ETC. THE ERNEST J. DAY & CO SLEEVE IS VERY CLEAN AND COMPLETE WITH NO TEARS TO THE FOLDOVERS. THERE IS VERY SLIGHT SCUFFING TO THE BOTTOM LEFT AND RIGHT CORNERS. THE EMITEX “MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN” INNER IS PRESENT AND IS IN A NEAR MINT SUPERB CONDITION BEARING THE FIRST “PATENTS APPLIED FOR” WORDING TOO. WITH ONLY A VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF COPIES TO HAVE BEEN PRODUCED AT THE VERY BEGINNING, THESE GOLD ALBUMS WERE USUALLY ALWAYS PLAYED TO DEATH BY 1964!. FINDING ONE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION OR HIGHER IS BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT AND THIS PARTICULAR COPY IS IN A VERY VERY COLLECTABLE SHAPE. THIS HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN WELL LOOKED AFTER AS IF THE BUYER KNEW THIS WOULD BE WORTH IT’S WEIGHT IN GOLD ONE DAY. THE GOLD LABELS ARE CLEAR AND BRIGHT WITH NO SPINDLE MARKS AND HARDLY ANY WEAR TO THE HOLES AT ALL!. THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE ONE OF THE MOST COLLECTABLE BEATLES ALBUM OF ALL TIME.”

 

beatles5. $7,558.75
Listed as: “The beatles love me do demo 1962 parlophone label one of 250 known near mint”
Bids: 14
Genre: Pop & Beat /1960s
Record Label: Parlophone
Format: Single (7-Inch) 45 rpm
Record Grading: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: “selling for my dj friend again from his collection of rarer records now. we have here one of only 250 known 45 singles of the beatles A label demo on parlophone of love me do,what i have been informed by the owner were only sent out to djs for playing. the record is in near mint condition and the labels are crisp with no writing on either side,the vinyl is ex plus with no distortion on playback. side one of the demo is love me do and side two is ps i love you.both sides have the misspelling of mcartney on the labels.also on both labels is the wording DEMONSTRATION RECORD NOT FOR SALE. the matrix numbers are 7XCE 17144-1N and 7XCE 1715-1N on the vinyl.
there is a ZT visible on the centre of the A label what i have been told is the tax code also the ZT is stamped into the left on both sides of the run outs.on the right hand side stamped is JR on both sides again. near mint condition labels crisp and been well looked after selling for my dj friend jr and zt stampers”

 

 

johnson-hellhound4. $9,000.00
Listed as: “BLUES 78- ROBERT JOHNSON VOCALION Hell Hound On My Trai E/EE+ COPY! GREAT!!”
Bids: 15
Starting Price: $1,000.00
Genre: Blues
Record Label: Vocalion (03623)
Format: Single 10” 78 rpm
Record Grading: E/EE+
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: “Hell Hound On My Trail/ From Four Until Late. CLEAN COPY! This is one of the rarest among R.J. Vocalions. I grade 78’s condition conservatively using the standard definition codes. I never use “N” or “N-” unless it have never been played at all absolutely. Then “E+” is usually the top code of my grading.”

 

johnson3. $11,900.00
Listed As: “BLUES78- ROBERT JOHNSON VOCALION I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom CLEAN COPY! HEAR!”
Bids: 29
Starting Price: $1,000.00
Genre: Blues
Record Label: Vocalion (03475)
Format: Single 10” 78 rpm
Record Grading: E-
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: “I believe I’ll Dust My Broom/ Dead Shrimp Blues. No major scratches. NICE COPY! I grade 78’s condition conservatively using the standard definition codes. I never use “N” or “N-” unless it have never been played at all absolutely. Then “E+” is usually the top code of my grading.”

 

BeatlesWhite1 white_album

2. $15,000.00
Listed As: “The Beatles (‘The White Album’)”
Genre: Rock
Record Label: Apple 101
Release Year: 1968
Special Attributes: Low-Numbered A0000004 Copy LP, US Pressing.
Bids: 6
Seller: Heritage Auctions
Seller’s Comments: “In our December 2012 Auction #7064, Heritage sold The White Album #A0000023 for $13,750 (Lot 46242) after quite a battle between seven bidders. In our August 2013 Auction #7081 we sold the lowest-possible number, #A0000001 for $35,000 (Lot 46154) as five bidders slugged it out. There is obvious demand for these ultra-rare low numbered LPs. Bruce Spizer, noted Beatles historian notes, “Although some mysteries surrounding the numbering of The White Album covers remain, there are certain things well established. As one would expect, low numbered covers are worth a hefty premium. And you really can’t get much lower than ‘A 0000004.’ An early batch of albums, specifically those numbered ‘A 0000001 to A 0000025’ was sent to Capitol Records president Stan Gortikov in mid-November 1968. Gortikov sent this box to George Harrison at Apple’s Savile Row headquarters. He told George that he was sending ‘those copies of the new U.S. Beatles album that are serially numbered ‘A 0000001 to A 0000025′ as personal souvenirs for you and selected friends. I have personally stolen number A 0000005 because I am a friend too. Besides, I love the music.’ Gortikov left the first four numbers for the Beatles, but pulled the next lowest number for himself! It is believed that the number A 0000004 in this auction is from the historically significant batch of 24 that the president of Capitol Records sent to the Beatles shortly before the album’s release.”
Included here are the album’s four original photos and poster in Very Good condition. The discs are EX and this prize cover grades EX with a one inch split on inside seam and some scratches on the back cover – small distractions for a true treasure.”

 

beatlesbutcher

1. $20,000.00
Listed As: “Beatles, Yesterday and Today”
Genre: Rock
Record Label: Capitol T2553
Release Year: 1966
Special Attributes: “Butcher Cover” Sealed First State Mono LP.
Bids: 3
Record Grading: NM (near mint)
Seller: Heritage Auctions
Seller’s Comments: “The holy grail of Beatles collectibles, the First State “Butcher Cover” is the original cover of the Beatle’s US release, Yesterday and Today. Many a serious collector of Fab Four memorabilia have diligently searched for even a tattered copy of the rarity that was pulled from record store shelves in the US almost immediately after the album’s release in 1966 and replaced by the more subdued “Trunk Cover” version.
This isn’t just a nice First State copy, as rare as that would be – it’s still factory-sealed. We auctioned a sealed “Livingston Copy” First State cover in 2006, which, after spirited bidding, realized over $38,000. You too can be the owner of a sealed First State copy of the Beatles’ most infamous album! Condition: NM / Sealed. There are two factory air holes on the front cover and a small 1/4 inch tear on the back cover.”

 

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