New blog feature lists highest auction prices realized for
vinyl records, concert posters
By Peter Lindblad
|David Bowie -
Low U.K. 1977 Original
The fallout from David Bowie
death continues to impact the record-collecting market. That story
and more are highlighted in the first installment of a new feature
here at the All Access blog, which takes a monthly look at the
best-selling vinyl records (classical records have been omitted)
and other musical memorabilia on eBay.
Not found among the most expensive items sold in March is this U.K.
1977 original factory sample version – considered one of the first
ever printed – of Bowie's Low
photographed at right.
Considered one of the first ever printed, this piece, described by
the seller as "impossibly rare," went for $1,234. And yet, it did
not even come close to sniffing the prices realized by three other
Bowie lots that lead March's top-selling listings for records. A
listing of top-selling concert posters for March is also included
1. David Bowie – David Bowie ($12,911.54):
|David Bowie -
Deram Japanese Stock
with "Both Obi's"
It doesn't get
much better for collectors of David Bowie records than this.
According to the seller, this Japanese version of David Bowie's
self-titled album is in mint condition, having never been played,
and is said to be the "the rarest David Bowie Deram LP on earth."
Going further, the seller writes, that it is an unprecedented Deram
stock copy DL-44 "in it's absolute complete day of release form"
with the original strip OBI DL-44 – "the unfathomably rare mini
OBI." It comes with the original lyric sheet and advert sheet. "I
have owned five of these stock copies along the road, none with an
OBI," continues the seller. "And nobody has even heard of this
secondary mini OBI before." To read the complete backstory to this
item, check it out on eBay
2. David Bowie – Hunky Dory ($10,783.26):
|David Bowie -
Hunky Dory Preview
Pressing Only Four Copies Exist
More from the
Thin White Duke, there are only four known copies of this preview
pressing. What makes this one special, according to the seller, is
that it comes with the very first Hunky Dory
printed. Previously used, the seller includes a detailed
description of its flaws in the eBay write-up; however, the lot
also comes with a handpicked stack of paperwork, a 12 1/2 x 12
1/2-inch promotional gatefold wraparound sleeve with pouches to
house all the promo photos and paperwork that goes with the
3. The Beatles – Please Please Me LP ($6,526.71):
|The Beatles - LP
Please Please Me -
Stereo First Pressing - Black And Gold
release, catalog No. PCS 3042, is a stereo version of the Please
LP. According to the seller's description, "The first
copies of this record, like this one, were pressed with the elusive
black and gold labels. This was due to Parlophone changing the
label design to the more well-known black-and-yellow version. It is
estimated that only 600 copies were ever pressed, making them
extremely difficult to find." Adding to the unique character of
these versions is a mistake, namely the publishing credit given to
Dick James Music for the songs "I Saw Her Standing There,"
"Misery," "Do You Want to Know a Secret" and "There's a Place."
Later pressings corrected the error, crediting Northern Songs.
Furthermore, there is other evidence of this being housed in an
original first pressing sleeve. It has an Ernest J. Day cover, with
STEREO writ large on the front top right corner. A photo credit for
Angus McBean is located on the front right bottom corner.
4. The Parliaments – This is My Rainy Day ($5,324.55):
- This is My Rainy Day/
Getting Ready for the Summer
original Northern Soul rarity, this 7-inch single is in very good
condition. Issued by the Cabell Records label in 1966, it is an
original 1960s pressing, a first edition now out of print.
Considered "the rarest of all records by The Parliaments," one of
the groups featuring Archie Himon, aka Little Archie of Huntington,
West Virginia, there are very few known copies of the single. Some
say the reason is that the owner of Cabell Records wasn't happy
with it. At least two known copies were out there, before this one
was unearthed, according to the seller. They sold for between
$4,400 and $6,400.
5. David Bowie – The Bowpromo ($5,188.73):
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condition, this piece is thought to be among the most collectible
David Bowie records around. Bowie sings all the songs on Side 1,
while Dana Gillespie provides the vocals for Side 2. It contains
different versions of songs on Hunky Dory
that never made it
on to the album. Descriptions of the songs here are said by
the seller to be included on a number of web sites and of great
interest to Bowie collectors due to their rarity. The seller claims
to have purchased the record from Gillespie.
1. Sam Cooke – Five Royales Original 1958 Pre-Fillmore Boxing
Style Concert Poster ($2,550):
|Sam Cooke Five
1958 Pre-Fillmore Boxing Style
Soul/R&B legend Sam Cooke
headlined this show at Chattanooga City's Auditorium in Tennessee
on Sept. 29, 1958. Future Rock & Roll Hall of Fames the Five
Royales opened for him, along with other acts. Measuring 21 5/8 x
28 1/4 inches, the original poster is on thick cardboard, similar
to boxing-style posters. While it does show some damage, the poster
is still highly prized by soul collectors, considering the profiles
of these iconic soul and R&B artists.
2. Pink Floyd – Concert Poster 1970 Boston Tea Party
|Pink Floyd -
Concert Poster 1970
Boston Tea Party
Extremely rare concert poster for Pink Floyd's show
at the Boston Tea Party April 12, 1970. In very good condition,
with sharp corners and no folds, the piece measures 17 x 17 inches.
The Boston Tea Party was a concert venue at 53 Berkeley Street in
Boston's South End neighborhood and played a role in the
3. Grateful Dead – VTG 1970
Grateful Dead Tour Concert Poster Psychedelic Art MIT Armory
|Grateful Dead -
Grateful Dead Tour Concert
Poster Psychedelic Art
MIT Armory Event
An authentic Grateful Dead poster for the
band's May 7, 1970 show at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology Armory, this piece is printed on thick card stock and
measures 11 x 14 inches. A pin hole, corner creases, smudges,
stains and scuffs mar this poster, but the seller said the artwork
"appears to have been hand-painted onto the poster since the art
almost has a felt-like feel rather than what a screen print would
feel on paper, and the opposite side shows a 'blueprint' of the
finished poster." Additionally, two artists signed their names in
the two bottom corners.
4. Tom Wilkes 1960s Rock Concert Psychedelic Poster
|Tom Wilkes 1960s
Concert Psychedelic Poster
Here's a Tom Wilkes 1960s rock concert psychedelic
poster from the Monterey International Pop Festival, one of the
biggest events in rock history. Wilkes served as the art director
for the festival, and between 1967 and 1969, he was the art
director A&M Records. Responsible for many award-winning
designs, Wilkes won a Grammy award for best recording packaging for
performed by the London Symphony Orchestra &
Choir. He also designed covers for legendary records, such as
George Harrison's All Things Must Pass
, Neil Young's
and the Rolling Stones' Beggars' Banquet
poster's framed dimensions are 26.75 x 41.5 inches.
5. KISS – Original KISS Blue Oyster Cult New Year's
Eve Nassau Coliseum NY Concert Poster ($1,336):
|KISS - Original
Oyster Cult New Year's Eve
Nassau Coliseum NY
Legendary rock acts KISS and Blue Oyster Cult were on the bill,
with special guest the Leslie West Band. The poster was promoting a
Dec. 31, 1975 show for KISS. It was the first New York area concert
for the "ALIVE" North American Tour, the initial stop at Nassau
Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island. The seller claims to
have received the poster from promoter Phil Basile, a Long Island
promoter who worked with another legendary promoter, Ron Delsener.
Not a copy or reproduction, this is a rare, original concert poster
that has some creases and edge wear.