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Market Watch: Top records sold on eBay, May 2016

A list of top records sold on eBay, May 2016, including a Beatles acetate of the "Revolver" album.

A list of top records sold on eBay, May 2016. All formats of records listed.

5. Minor Threat - "Out of Step"
Sold For: $5,000 (Best offer accepted)
Genre: Hardcore, Punk
Record Label: Dischord Records
Country/Region of Manufacture: U.S.
Release Year: 1983
Format: 12-Inch, 33rpm
Special Attributes: Test pressing, 2nd pressing
Record Grading: VG+
Sleeve Grading: VG+
Seller: Private Seller
Seller’s Comments: “Vinyl has no discernible wear. Barely played, if at all. Sleeve has light aging but is in great shape. Original stamped inner included!!!"


4. Herby Brown - "One More Broken Heart"
Sold For: $5,711.00 (38 Bids; Starting Price: $9.99)
Listed As: “HERBY BROWN One More Broken Heart 45 BLUE ASH northern soul ULTRA RARE VG++!”
Record Label: Blue Ash (BAR 181)
Country/Region of Manufacture: U.S.
Release Year: 1980
Format: 7-Inch, 45rpm
Special Attributes: B-side is an instrumental of "One More Broken Heart"
Record Grading: VG++
Sleeve Grading: Generic
Seller:Used Kids Records
Seller’s Comments: “Shiny clean. Looks unplayed. We have never had this record through before. Columbus Ohio 80s soul. PERFECT!"

3. Led Zeppelin - "Led Zeppelin"
Sold For: $7,056.49 (GBP 4,999.99)
Listed As: “Led Zeppelin lp Debut Turquoise Text 1st Stereo UK Press 588171”
Record Label: Atlantic (588171)
Country/Region of Manufacture: U.K.
Release Year: 1969
Format: 12-Inch, 33rpm
Special Attributes: 1st U.K. pressing, stereo, turquoise lettering on cover
Record Grading: NM
Sleeve Grading: NM
Seller: Private seller
Seller’s Comments: “Led Zeppelin Debut lp 1st UK Stereo Press Uncorrected Matrix Turquoise Text Sleeve. Uncorrected Matrix numbers 588171 on both sides.1,2,4 Superhype label credits on side 1. Spine text is clear and fully readable. MacNeill outer sleeve with grey strip along the bottom edge, NO writing, stickers, etc. MacNeill outer sleeve is in stunning NEAR MINT condition. Vinyl is in glorious NEAR MINT condition on both sides. The labels are also in NEAR MINT condition with NO spindle trails also with NO damage, writing, stickers, etc. Both vinyl and outer sleeve held at various angles in Daylight, Sunlight, moonlight, 100W Bulb, halogen bulb ... Plays NM from start to finish. Pictures are of actual lp for sale."

2. elvis-sun

2. Elvis Presley - Sun Records lot
Sold For: $8,000.00 (Best offer accepted)
Listed As: “ELVIS PRESLEY sun records 5x7" 45RPM singles 209 210 215 217 223 rare ORIGINALS”
Record Label: Sun Record Company (209, 210, 215, 217, 223)
Country/Region of Manufacture: U.S.
Release Years: 1954, 1955
Format: 7-Inch, 45rpm
Special Attributes: 1st Edition Lot
Record Grading: EX/VG+
Seller:Twist & Shout Records
Seller’s Comments: “Lot (5x7”): That's All Right / Blue Moon Of Kentucky, I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine / Good Rockin' Tonight, Milkcow Blues Boogie / You're A Heartbreaker, I’m Left, You're Right, She's Gone / Baby Let's Play House, Mystery Train / I Forgot To Remember To Forget. VINYL CONDITION: EX/VG+; No side of any piece is less than VG+. Most sides are EX to NM. 209 is in beautiful almost NM condition. One of the nicest collections you will EVER see! SLEEVE CONDITION: Generic. All 5 original Sun Record Company, Elvis Presley 7" singles. 209, 210, 215 & 217 all have push marks on the labels. No push marks on 223. DO NOT PASS THIS UP!!! VERY RARE COLLECTION IN THIS CONDITION!!!"

1. beatles-emidisc

1. The Beatles - “Revolver“ Acetate
Sold For: $8,608.93 (28 Bids; Starting Price: GBP 1,000.00)
Genre: Rock
Country/Region of Manufacture: U.K.
Release Year: 1966
Format: 12-Inch, 33rpm
Special Attributes: Acetate, label designs, mono
Record Grading: Read "Seller’s Comments" below
Seller: Personal seller on eBay
Seller’s Comments: “BEATLES - SUPERB HISTORIC POP CULTURE RARITY. GENUINE UK REVOLVER LP 1966 ORIGINAL MONO EMIDISC ACETATE WITH PSYCHEDELIC LABEL DESIGNS. A surviving original UK mono acetate of one of the most important albums of all time. Recorded between April and June 1966 with George Martin again serving as producer, Revolver was the seventh studio album of The Beatles and marked an adventurous progression from the group's 1965 Rubber Soul in terms of style and experimentation and heralded the band's arrival as studio innovators. The album's sounds include the the incorporation of tape loop and backward guitar recordings on the psychedelic, influential "Tomorrow Never Knows", the use of a classic string octet on "Eleanor Rigby", and the Indian music backing of "Love To You". Aside from varispeeding, reversed tapes, and close audio miking, the sessions for the album resulted in the invention of automatic double tracking which was soon adopted throughout the music industry. This album saw a new maturity in McCartney writing, challenging the Lennon-McCartney song writing dominance, and with Harrison's interest in the musical culture of India, there were now 3 prolific songwriting Beatles. The album was ranked first in Colin Larkin's book @All Time Top 1000 Albums and third in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

Genuine Beatles acetates are extreamely rare and album acetates are virtually impossible to find. Only a few were made for the band, management and the record company. What makes this even more interesting is that the labels have been decorated in psychedelic blue, green and red felt pen markings. This is similar to that of Alexis Mardas's Sgt Pepper LP emidisc acetate which sold at Christies back in 2004 for £15,535. The Sgt Pepper label design can be seen here. I cannot confirm a link with this disc to Magic Alex, only the similarities. This record has been authenticated by Christies fine art auctioneers and i will include relevant paperwork from them with the disc. The handwriting on the labels is the same hand as that of the "Til There Was You/Hello Little Girl acetate which was reported to be that of Brian Epstein. This superb early acetate sold for £77,500. See details here.

Acetates should only be played to a minimum and as this disc is nearly 50 years" old and is extreamly fragile it has not been played by me. (Christies have had it played and confirmed it is the mono version) Visually the LP is very good with some scuffs and marks as you would expect of a disc of this age. The importance of this acetate in music history cannot be underestimated and as a blue chip Pop Culture investment, its value will continue to rise.

Stored in a temperature controlled, smoke and pet free enviroment."