The recent resurgence of vinyl record sales knows no bounds. After outselling CD’s this year for the first time since 1986, rare vinyl is steadying creeping up to ascertainable valuations.

According to the latest report from the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl records earned $224.1 million (on 8.6 million units) in the first half of 2019 and the figure continues to rise.

After Far Out Magazine worked with Discogs to discover some of their biggest vinyl sales in history, Noble Oak has compiled a list which evaluates 50 of the most valuable records on the globe. When asked to detail what makes a vinyl record particularly valuable, Ian Shirley, the editor of Record Collector magazine’s Rare Record Price Guide, said that “scarcity, condition and the desire of someone to own it” play a major factor.

With pioneering works of music combated with controversial cover art, Shirley also admitted that “psychedelic singles from the ‘60s that no one was interested in at the time” are becoming etched in mystery and longevity as their valuations soars.

Perhaps unspurprisingly, bands like The Beatles feature heavily in the top 50 and, more specifically, take up three stops in the top 10. Mentions for the likes of The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Nirvana, The Rollings Stones and more all appear.

See the full list, below.

The 50 most valuable vinyl records in the world:

50. Steel City Connection – Dansation / Steel City Disco ($885)
49. Thrillers/Delta Cats – Last Dance / Unworthy Baby ($1,770)
48. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico ($1,770)
47. Terea – Terea ($1,770)
46. Nirvana – Love Buzz / Big Cheese ($3,097.50)
45. World’s Experience Orchestra – The Beginning Of A New Birth ($3,540)
44. Tudor Lodge – Tudor Lodge ($3,540)
43. The Smiths – Hand In Glove / Handsome Devil ($3,540)
42. Stonewall – Stonewall ($3,540)
41. Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn ($3,540)
40. Nicholas Greenwood – Cold Cuts ($3,540)
39. Charlie Parker – Bird Blows The Blues ($3,540)
38. Brute Force – King Of Fuh / Nobody Knows ($3,540)
37. U2 – Three ($3,540)
36. Sun Ra – Super-Sonic Jazz ($4,425)
35. Madonna – Erotica ($4,425)
34. Prince – The Black Album ($5,310)
33. Michael Garrick Trio – Moonscape ($5,310)
32. Leonid Kogan and Elisabeth Gilels – Sonatas For Two Violins ($5,310)
31. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin ($5,310)
30. Leaf Hound – Growers Of Mushroom ($5,310)
29. John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Unfinished Music No. 1. Two Virgins ($5,310)
28. Genesis – The Silent Sun / That’s Me! ($5,310)
27. Folkal Point – Folkal Point ($5,310)
26. Arthur Verocai – Arthur Verocai ($5,310)
25. Robert Johnson – I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom / Dead Shrimp Blues ($6,195)
24. Various – Our First Four ($7,080)
23. Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’ ($7,080)
22. Lula Cortes e Ze Ramalho – Paebiru ($7,080)
21. Jutta Hipp – Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims ($7,080)
20. Complex – Complex ($7,080)
19. Margarita Madrigal – Madrigal’s Magic Key To Spanish Volume 1 and 2 ($7,080)
18. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / I’m In Love With My Car ($7,965)
17. Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu ($8,850)
16. Hank Mobley – Hank Mobley ($8,850)
15. Charley Patton – Pony Blues / Banty Rooster Blues ($8,850)
14. Billy Nicholls – Would You Believe ($8,850)
13. The Beatles – Please Please Me ($10,620)
12. The Beatles – Introducing The Beatles ($12,390)
11. Elvis Presley – That’s All Right / Blue Moon Of Kentucky ($12,390)
10. The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man / No Expectations ($14,160)
09. The Beatles – Yesterday And Today ($14,160)
08. Junior McCants – Try Me For Your New Love / She Wrote It I Read It ($15,930)
07. The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album) ($17,700)
06. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen / No Feelings ($17,700)
05. Dark – Dark Round The Edges ($17,700)
04. Darrell Banks – Open The Door To Your Heart / Our Love (Is In The Pocket) ($26,550)
03. Frank Wilson – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) / Sweeter As The Days Go By ($44,250)
02. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ($123,900)
01. The Quarrymen – That’ll Be The Day / In Spite Of All The Danger ($354,000)

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Source: Noble Oak

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