An untouched vinyl version of a long-lost Prince album entitled the ‘Black Album’ has smashed records on leading vinyl website Discogs.
Back in 2016, a promo copy of the album sold for $15,000 on Discogs, now a newly found vinyl copy has just smashed that record by selling for an eye-watering $27,500. The copy was the only known Canadian version of the record which was salvaged by a pressing plant employee in 1987.
It was in that year when Prince was planning to release The Black Album LP and ordered 500,000 copies to be pressed by record label Warner Bros. However, as the date closed in for release, Prince became obsessed with the theory that the album was ‘evil’ and demanded that all copies were to be destroyed.
“In 1987 he was working at Columbia Records Canadian pressing plant in Canada,” explains former Warner Bros executive vice president and rare record dealer Jeff Gold, of Recordmecca.
“When ‘The Black Album‘ was pulled and the copies that had been made marked for destruction, he kept one copy for himself. He never realised its rarity or value until reading about the discovery of the U.S. copies in Rolling Stone and contacted me.”
Now the Canadian pressing of ‘The Black Album’ has officially sold for $27,500, becoming the most expensive item ever sold on Discogs.