Private collector’s collection of the world’s rarest vinyl makes £25,000 plus at auction
A private collector’s collection of a least 750 vinyls has made over £25,000 at 1818 Auctioneers on the Lancashire, Cumbria border.
Highlights include – a collection of Nick Drake LP’s, including ‘Bryter Later’, and ephemera went for £650; the Beatles ‘Paper Back Writer’ Demo Copy which sold for £550; and 11 classical albums on Columbia, Decca and EMI Labels, made £450 and; Rolling Stones ‘Let it Bleed’ which realised £340.
The sale, on Monday 19 September, attracted bids from record collectors and music fans from around the UK as well as from those local to the saleroom.
Practically every record is listed in the Record Collector – a guide produced by the world’s leading authority on rare and collectable UK releases – and dated from 1950 to the current day. They included Rock, Pop, Soul, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Rock n’ Roll and classical music genres.
1818 Auctioneers, who were selling the items on behalf of an anonymous vendor, estimated the collection to be worth around £15,000.
Expert, Sean Eatherden who catalogued the items said:
“It has been a privilege of a life-time to handle each and every one of these records in this amazing private collector’s collection. It contained the Holy Grails of the vinyl world which music lovers could spend a life time searching out. Desirable artists included Harvest, Vertigo, Motown, Queen, Zeppelin, The Who, Beatles, Nick Drake, Hendrix, Floyd, Elvis, and many from the late 60’s and early 70’s.
“There were also early Sun Recordings singles and London American Recordings with intact black triangle centres, plus and Elvis HMV purple label with gold print. There is barely any item that does not appear in the Record Collector’s Rare Record Price Guide.
“We feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to offer it for sale and it has far exceeded our expectations.”
The saleroom’s reputation for selling rare records and musical instruments is continuing to grow. Earlier in the year a vinyl collection made over £6,000 and in 2014 a Patrick Eggle electric guitar, made for Irish blues and rock legend Rory Gallagher, was sold for £30,000.