The following is a list of top records (and a record sleeve!) sold, May 2015 — and it's almost all Beatles!
Listed as: "BEATLES - PLEASE PLEASE ME -GOLD STEREO VERY 1 st PRESS DICK JAMES VERSION RARE"
Record Label: PARLOPHONE (PCS 3042)
Special Attributes: First UK pressing
Record Grading: NM
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: "THE BEATLES PLEASE PLEASE ME LP ORIGINAL 1963 PARLOPHONE PCS 3042 STEREO GOLD AND BLACK LABEL very 1st UK PRESSING WITH CORRECT STAMPERS AND TAX CODE AND DICK JAMES CREDITS FOR TRACKS 1,2,6, 7, ON SIDE 1 AND TRACKS 4,6, ON SIDE 2 LAMINATED FRONT COVER FLIP BACK WITH angus Mc bean photo credit beginning after the last S IN SONGS ON FRONT , AND printed and made by ERNEST J. DAY & CO . LTD LONDON ON REAR . RECORD MATRIX NUMBERS ARE SIDE 1 YEX 94 - 1 1 AND R STAMPER SIDE 2 YEX 95 -1 1AND G STAMPER AND ZMT TAX CODE STAMPED ON SIDE 1. RECORD NEAR MINT A FEW FAINT LINES WHERE RECORD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM INNER WHICH I REGARD AS PAPER MARKS .SPINDLE IS MINT AND HAS NO MARKS AND VERY CLEAR TAX CODE STAMP . COVER IS NEAR MINT WITH FAINT CORNER WEAR ,COVER ON REAR IS IN GREAT SHAPE WITH NO LIFTING OR STAINS . SPINE IS CLEAR AND SHARP . COMES WITH CORRECT PATENTS APPLIED FOR INNER SLEEVE WHICH IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING RECORDS FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND THIS BY FAR THE BEST EXAMPLE I HAVE EVER SEEN."
Listed as: "Original BEATLES SIGNED "Please Please Me" ALBUM Autographed Record & Napkin
Bid: 1 bid
Record Label: EMI (PMC 1202)
Special Attributes: Signed
Seller: jamesdeangallery on eBay
Seller’s Comments: "This is 3rd pressing of "Please Please Me" - summer 1963 - the album was signed by John, Paul and George in London late September, early October 1963. The Ringo signature was done at around the same time period and is signed on a piece of a napkin and glued to an autograph album page. The Vinyl is in Very Nice condition, and the jacket shows some light wear and soiling."
Listed as: "Hank Mobley - Hank Mobley **Stunning US First Press Blue Note BLP 1568 RVG**"
Record Label: Blue Note (BLP 1568)
Special Attributes: Mono, first pressing
Record Grading: EX+ vinyl, NM sleeve
Seller: vinyl-house-uk on eBay
Seller’s Comments: "The Legendary Original US Mono First Press LP On Blue Note Label - Full Deep Groove - RVG, 'Ear' & 9M All In The In Deadwax - One Of The Finest Copies Left In Existence. Graded Using Record Collector. Sleeve: NM (Simply Stunning, Some Minor Wear To The Corners). Vinyl: EX+ (Has Had Light Play From New, There Are A Few Non-Feelable Surface Hairlines / Whisps, The Audio Is Magnificent). In Reality You Will Struggle To Ever Find A Better Copy Of Hank Mobley's Seminal Blue Note Album Than This!"
2. $12,000.00 (listed in April and sold on May 4, 2015)
Listed as: "THE BEATLES AUTHENTIC "PORTRAIT COVER"!!! VEE-JAY VJLP-1085! MONO! NM!"
Record Label: Vee-Jay (VJLP-1085)
Special Attributes: Mono
Record Grading: NM
Seller: Private seller (eBay)
Seller’s Comments: "The Beatles And Frank Ifield On Stage", authentic original September 18, 1964 issue MONO copy, Vee-Jay VJLP-1085! This is very very rarest of the Vee-Jay Beatles albums for it was the second and ultimate limited pressing of The Beatles & Frank Ifield On Stage. Because of poor sales on the original release Jolly What!, the solution was to repackage the album in such a way as to focus on the album's strengths and downplay its weaknesses. This cover features the striking portrait of the Beatles previously used on the Love Me Do picture sleeve. The Beatles songs are prominently listed on the cover. This cover is known among Collectors as the "PORTRAIT COVER". On the back cover, Vee-Jay used the same liner notes slick from the first issue of Jolly What! On the back cover there is original small store Price Sticker. Black labels (VJ1085.MR3, Spizer) with silver print and the large VJ logo with left justified artist-only credits. Its trail off areas include the following hand etched markings: the matrix number 64-3852 on Side 1 and 64-3853 on Side 2; the job number 6295 on Side 1 and 6295X on Side 2; and the date 1-18-64 and “URJ” on both sides. Both sides also contain the machine stamped Audio Matrix logo. MR logo is scratched so that it can not be read. This record was pressed from metal parts that were previously used Monarch Records, Los Angeles, California. Original Vee-Jay inner sleeve included. This extremely rare beautiful authentic copy!!! Hard to find a better copy of this. All records from my personal collection, collected for many years. Conditions: Cover - Near Mint (with original small store Price Sticker on back, no splits, no ringware). Record - Mint Minus (one time played only). Labels - Mint Minus. Inner sleeve - Ex+."
1. $12,160.00 (Editor's Note: Last month, the sleeve AND record sold for $20,000.00 at auction)
Listed as: "THE BEATLES "FIRST STATE" "BUTCHER ALBUM" SLEEVE"
Record Label: Capitol Records (ST-2553)
Special Attributes: "First-state" sleeve
Seller’s Comments: "A “first state” Beatles “butcher album” cover for The Beatles’ 1966 Capitol Records release of "Yesterday and Today." This sleeve marked for a stereo recording is labeled “ST-2553” with a number “2” printed in the lower right corner on the back of the album sleeve. The album sleeve was given to an employee in the Capitol Records mail room when the driver brought them from the Burbank, California pressing plant. These album sleeves were never packaged with albums or sealed."