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From Bowie to Beatles - the rare records that could fetch you £8,000 at auction

Mirror logo Mirror 18/03/2017 Emma Munbodh
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If you were a proud owner of a turntable back in the sixties, there's a chance you may have a few old vinyls collecting dust in storage - but it could be time to dig them out.

New research has revealed the most expensive LPs ever to sell - and own - with the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen worth an astonishing £8,600 (NZ$15,206), in original mint condition.

Other fabulously valuable finds include hits from The Beatles, the late David Bowie and jazz legend Kenny Dorham - which in working state, could cash you in a huge £2,343.78.

Here's our pick of the top 10 - or to view the full list of valuable discs.

1. God Save The Queen, Sex Pistols

In 1977, 25,000 of these LPs were released into the retail market - however with most destroyed with tear and wear, experts estimate there's less than nine left in circulation.

If you've a special edition complete with the A&M Record sleeve in your stash, you could be sitting on as much as £8,600 in riches.

2. Please Please Me, The Beatles

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Launched in 1963, this Parlophone Beatles collection is set to have a worth exceeding £6,766 on auction, providing it's in mint condition.

If you're willing to sacrifice time for speed, just this week eBay seller Parlogram sold his original LP for £820 with no signs of wear, tear and the cover in 'immaculate' condition.

3. Introducing the Beatles, The Beatles

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Just 6,000 AD Back editions of this Beatles edition was sold upon release in 1964. But, 53 years later, if you were one of the few buyers, you're looking at a gold mine worth £6157.13.

4. Bach/Mozart Violin Concertos, Gioconda De Vito

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One of the most sought after vinyls in the world, this rare Japanese First Stereo Issye from the 60s is said to be worth as much as £4,999. Online record retail Classic Vinyl is retailing each copy at £4,000 - however, it's already sold out.

5. Ram, Paul McCartney

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6. Bellevue/No More, Don Drummond

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If you were more of a Ska fan in the 1960s, you may remember Don Drummond's Bellevue - and possibly even have a copy tucked away somewhere in storage.

Experts reckon a copy of this gem is today worth £3,810, but only if it's in pristine, working condition.

7. Under the Tree, Shide and Acorn

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One of the most sought after LPs of the 70s, just 99 copies of this Shide and Acorn album were pressed when it launched in 1971.

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on one, collectors have been known to fork out as much as £3,301 for a copy.

8. Station to Station, David Bowie

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If you've an Acetate copy of David Bowie's Station to Station record, you may want to get it valued.

With just two ever pressed, each copy is said to be worth a huge £3,248.60 - possibly more if you hang on to it even longer.

9. Three Parts to my Soul, Dr Z

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Only around 80 copies of this edition (Vertigo Swirl Label) still exist today, if you're a lucky holder, we're talking £3,200 per copy.

10. Jazz Journey, Bjarne Rostvold Trio

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If it was jazz that floated your boat in 1961, you may recall Jazz Journey by Bjarne Rostvold Trio.

Those with a Hit Records 710, First Pressing copy could be sitting on a fortune worth £3,066 - but only first editions.

How to tell if something is collectible

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If you don't have any of these, don't despair.

“Prices change as do trends and what is ripe for inclusion today maybe unworthy in a few months’ time," Phil Barton, who owns Sister Ray Records, told Mirror Money.

"This list is not definitive, it includes solid year on year performers, a few wild cards and some downright crazy priced one offs.”

But what should you look out for? Here are his 6 top tips.

1. Always check that the vinyl and the sleeve match up

We’ve seen it hundreds of times where the record doesn’t match the cover so make sure that you’re buying what you think you’re buying!

2. Any extras?

Check whether an album has the lyric sheet, poster, stickers or other extras. From our experience, anything missing will devalue the record.

3. Condition is EVERYTHING

Collectors are constantly upgrading their vinyls with ones that are in better condition and are always on the lookout. A mint record is one where both the sleeve and record look as though they have just arrived from the factory.

If there is anything amiss, the record will not be graded as mint and therefore will not command a top price. Other grades include: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor. Buying poor/fair records is pointless because they will not play or look good and consequently will not go up in value.

4. Look for a good clean sheen on the vinyl

Any marks should be obvious. Use a good cleaner, we recommend Near Mint or lighter fluid. Apply both with a soft, lint free cloth. Also, make sure that the edge of the sleeve hasn't been clipped, unscrupulous sellers will often cut a ragged edge clean with a guillotine or sharp knife to make records look more presentable.

5. Store your vinyl upright in a cool dry place

Avoid exposure to direct sunlight as this will cause the covers to fade and the vinyl to warp. Buying PVC sleeves and poly lined inner sleeves are both good long term investments and will keep your vinyl in tip top condition.

6. Signed edition?

If a sleeve has been signed check its provenance carefully. From our experience a fully signed Beatles sleeve is incredibly rare and extremely valuable, but needs accompanying paperwork.

Certain artists sign lots of product and others rarely. It’s very important to research your market, a fully signed Sex Pistols sleeve with a Sid Vicious signature is worth much more than with a Glen Matlock signature.

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