Market Watch: Rare vinyl pressings still bring top dollar

By Robin Platts

1. $10,226.48 Sex Pistols — “God Save the Queen” b/w “No Feeling(s)”
First up is the ultra-rare A&M Records pressing of the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen,” in EX+ condition. 25,000 of these were reportedly pressed in 1977, but the single was scrapped and most copies destroyed. According to the item’s seller, a few copies were given to retiring A&M execs as golden handshakes in the late ’90s, and this copy was one of them (full provenance provided by the seller).

2. $6,295 Can —
Monster Movie
Next up is a prog/psych/Krautrock rarity: This is the original private pressing of Can’s Monster Movie LP, vinyl in near-mint condition, sleeve VG++ to excellent. Pressed in Germany in 1969, on the Music Factory label, it’s one of about 500 copies.

3. $6,149 Walter Wilson — “Love Keeps Me Crying” b/w “Not Now But Later”
Back to northern soul, with a 1967 single by Walter Wilson on the Wand label, in mint-minus condition.

4. $3,751.01 The Misfits — “Horror Business” acetate
Next is an ultra-rare punk single: A near-mint 10-inch acetate of the 1979 “Horror Business” single by The Misfits. The band’s plan to release “Horror Business” in the 10-inch format was scrapped in favour of a 7-inch single and this acetate is reportedly the only 10-inch copy known to exist.

5. $3,652.31 The Factory — “Try A Little Sunshine” b/w “Red Chalk Hill”
We finish up this time with a U.K. psych rarity — an excellent condition CBS demo pressing of “Try A Little Sunshine,” the 1969 single by a Surrey group called the Factory, commercially unsuccessful, but much sought-after by psych buffs.


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