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The world of record collecting, music memorabilia, the auction and donation scene, and appraisal are ever-changing. But we can probably expect to see something like these predictions in the coming year:


  • The new Vinyl Resurgence Bubble will burst in 2017. Hipsters will stop paying $35.00 for reissues of classic LPs that can still be bought as used originals for $2.00. There will be a huge markdowns on new vinyl LPs, perhaps approaching the legendary 2-for-$1.00 days of the early ‘70s.


  • A major academic institution will be embarrassed when it is discovered that their sheet music collection, dating back to the late 19th Century, was accidentally sent to recycling when a digital librarian was put in charge during the archivist’s vacation. “Nobody plays music from paper anymore,” was the librarian’s first response.


  • Music memorabilia auction prices go higher and higher, catching the eye of investment firms. Major auction house like Christie’s and Bonham’s are sold to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.


  • A previously unknown Robert Johnson recording is discovered on an 8-track cartridge found at an Indiana Goodwill.


  • A new trend of classical music performance catches on: DJs remix classic symphonic recordings live in concert.



Vinyl Record Sales Overtake Digital Music In the U.K.

More records were sold in early December than digital downloads, a first for the United Kingdom. Details were lacking for a comparable figure of U.S. sales, but U.S. vinyl record sales have also continued to climb. This leads one to conjecture about the future of the collectibles market, as there will certainly be  vinyl releases that will not sell well and will become rare … and valuable?




Sometimes A Record Collection Is Just A Record Collection…

…And Sometimes Not….

M’oda ‘Operandi Exclusive: Dennis Hopper’s Personal Record Collection



As someone noted on Facebook, it comes out to only $1,364 per LP!



Don’t Know How This Is Going To Affect The Collector Marketplace, Yet…

…but it’s definitely a strong statement as a logical extension of the punk ethos.

Don’t get nostalgic: Punk music memorabilia burned in London


Burning up a £5 million punk memorabilia collection
Joe Corre, the son of Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols creator Malcolm McLaren, burns his £5 million punk collection on a boat on the River Thames in London.




Another List (We’re All Interested In): The 20 Most Valuable Records

These kinds of lists are fun to read, and generally change substantially from year to year (though some items always remain). The fickle marketplace dictates an always shifting popularity and, thus, changing values. Here’s a snapshot of today’s “most valuable” from the UK Mirror newspaper. Prices in British pounds.

  1. ‘White Album’ by The Beatles originally owned by Ringo Starr – £730,876. Ringo Starr sold his copy of the ‘White Album’, last year at auction for $910,000, which was the first ever to be created – the other Beatles members had the second, third and fourth pressings.
  2. “That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger” by The Quarrymen – £100,000. The 1958 original is the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe.
  3. “Love Me Do” by The Beatles – £80,500. There is only one known pressing of the one-sided acetate, unedited version with count-in hence the huge price tag.
  4. “Music For Supermarkets” by Jean Michel Jarre – £10,000 – £30,000. In 1983 Jarre made 1 copy of this album and then destroyed the master tapes, which is why the price is so high for this record.
  5. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by Frank Wilson – £25,000. Only 2 originals have ever surfaced on the Motown label offshoot Soul.
  6. “God Save The Queen” by Sex Pistols – £12,000. Before they were kicked off the A&M label about 300 of these were pressed making this record very rare.
  7. “Would You Believe” by Billy Nicholls – £10,000. Only 100 copies of this 60’s psych/folk/rock album, pressed in its original guise, were manufactured.
  8. “Please Please Me” by The Beatles – £7,500. It’s important when buying Beatles albums to check the matrix numbers that are cut into the run off groove. These numbers will allow you to work out which pressing you have. As Beatles albums were made by the million it is often these numbers that make the difference between a £10 vinyl and a £1000 treasure
  9. “Kind Hearted Woman Blues” by Robert Johnson – £7,000. Only two photographs of him exist and his 78’s records are just as rare, especially those released on the Vocalion label.
  10. “Bohemian Rhapsody/I’m In Love With My Car” by Queen – £5,000. The EMI special edition of the single was also an invite to a company event. For this reason, the 7” record came with matches, a pen, a ticket, a menu, an outer card sleeve, a scarf and an EMI goblet. If you have a complete collection with all of the different items, then this is extremely valuable.
  11. “Pride” by U2 – £5,000. It was originally pressed in Australia on clear vinyl, coloured vinyl is extremely collectible especially when only 5 copies were made, like with this U2 album.
  12. “Midsummer Night’s Scene/Sara Crazy Child” by John’s Children – £4,000. The single was pressed on 7” vinyl but for some reason was never released.
  13. “Latch On/Only A Daydream” by Ron Hargrave – £3,000. There are only six UK copies known to exist hence the high valuation.
  14. Led Zeppelin’s 1969 first album – £3,000. Led Zeppelin’s first vinyl album is very common, however the initial pressing had turquoise lettering of the band’s name on the front cover. It was swiftly replaced with the now familiar orange lettering.
  15. “Love Me Do/PS I Love You” by The Beatles – £3,000 250 demo copies of this 1962 7” single contained the misspelling, ‘McArtney’.
  16. “Space Oddity/Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” by David Bowie – £3,000. Only a couple of copies of the 7” single with an unreleased picture sleeve are known to exist.
  17. “Tinkerbells Fairydust LP” by Tinkerbells Fairydust – £3,000. A slightly obscure British pop group, Tinkerbells Fairydust recorded this bubblegum psych album for Decca, but it was never released. It had extremely unusual packaging and a laminated front sleeve with a mono stereo ‘peephole’ on the back.
  18. “Erotica” by Madonna – £2,000. Picture discs are also very collectible and when Madonna released this album in 1992, it was quickly withdrawn from sale because the toe-sucking image on the cover coincided with similar stories involving Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Consequently not many were sold so it’s a rare find.
  19. “Love is Strange” by Wings – £1,500-£2,000. “Love is Strange” was due to be released as a 7” from the Wildlife album, however Paul McCartney changed his mind at the last minute, however a few copies leaked out onto the market and are now valuable records.
  20. “Tudor Lodge” by Tudors Lodges – £1200. This is their one and only album and was released on the legendary Vertigo label.



German Authorities Seize 2 Million Fake Vinyl LPs, CDs in Latest Action on Piracy

As music formats retain their popularity – and in the case of vinyl LPs, increase in popularity – the separate issues of appraising values and authentication remain important. And, where vinyl has become a luxury item, the opportunity for fraud and counterfeiting grows. The German situation in this news article reveals but part of the issues confronting collectors, dealers, and appraisers.