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Discovered at a valuation day held by 1818 Auctioneers who sold it, the vendor, who wishes to remain anonymous, originally paid £2 for it.

Sean Eatherden, expert valuer at 1818 Auctioneers, said it was proof that the rarity of a record was more important than the fame of the performer.

As Mr Eatherden explained:
“This is proof that there is a very strong market for rare vinyl, particularly one that is a late example of the progressive blues rock genre.

“As a private pressing it would have had a very limited circulation. It is also believed to be one of only two copies signed by the band. It was bought by the vendor in the summer of 1976 and was signed at a performance they gave in Kendal’s Abbott Hall Park.”

‘England’ was formed by Carlisle guitarist Olly Alcock in 1971. They were playing progressive rock long after it became popular as a rock genre in the 60’s. Individual band members went on to enjoy later musical successes.

Records, invented in the 19th century, were superseded by cassettes in the 1960s and then compact discs in the early 1980s. By 2001 music was also being listened to on laptops and MP3 players. Whilst there has a recent renaissance in vinyl, original and old pressings are scarce and collectable.

Based on the Cumbria/Lancashire border, the saleroom’s reputation for selling rare records continues to grow. Earlier this year 1818 Auctioneer’s sold a private vinyl collection for over £30,000.

Thursday, 20th of October 2016

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