Even as music streaming continues to overtake digital music sales, vinyl sales still curiously continue to rise. Perhaps its the collector’s mentality or the sort of hipster generation who are buying more vinyl (then why not cassettes?), but the fact remains.

In the examination of the rising costs of vinyl with its growing popularity, Resident Advisor was given access to Discogs‘ sales history for the past two years. This is a follow up a similar report the publication made in 2017, which looked at the most expensive records ever sold on the site. This article looks specifically at the most expensive records sold between 2017 and now.

Avicii – Levels

A limited edition version of the record was sold following Avicii’s death in 2018. As with any artist who dies, their work generally increases in value thereafter.

Boards Of Canada – Boc Maxima

No surprise those who love vinyl would also love Boards Of Canada. The electronic music duo is often spoken about in the same sentence as Massive Attack, Amon Tobin, Aphex Twin, and Brian Eno in terms of legendary status and influence.

The story goes, according to RA, that the single was only ever released on cassette and given to close family and friends. Last year, a vinyl appeared on Discogs – while its authenticity was never confirmed, it didn’t stop someone from dropping $800 on it.

Daft Punk – Discovery

This was the Japanese edition of Discovery, which features artwork by manga legend Leiji Matsumoto, known for series like Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999.

Prince – The Black Album

Writes RA:

The Black Album was Prince’s lost classic, destroyed just before it was due to hit stores. When we last checked in, a copy of The Black Album had sold for $15,000. In June 2018 a copy changed hands for $27,590, making it the most expensive item ever sold on Discogs. The record was salvaged from the otherwise-deleted Canadian production run of The Black Album and had lain dormant in the collection of a former Columbia Records employee for nearly 30 years. 

Go look at the original article from Resident Advisor for the complete list of incredible (and expensive) records sold in the past two years.


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