If collectible vinyl can sell for big dollars, what about CDs? Glad you asked…

When it comes to collecting music, all the glory and attention goes to rare vinyl. That’s the stuff that tends to sell for big money.

But what about compact discs? Surely there must be some extremely valuable (read: extremely expensive) CDs out there. Turns out there is.

Discogs.com is a great site that keeps track of what buyers are buying and what sellers are selling–and the prices involved in these transactions. They’ve just released their top 100 most-expensive CD sales.

Before we go any further, I should point out that we’re not just talking about single CDs. Box set are considered fair game. Here are the top 5.

5. Toru Takemitsu, Complete Takemitsu Edition (US$1,999)

The Japanese experimental classical composer (he died in 1966) had his work collected on a 58-disc box set. That works out to about $34.50 a disc, so that’s not terrible.

4. Elvis Presley, The Complete Elvis Presley Masters (US$2,000)

This is an in-demand 30-disc set that came up for sale a number of times and consequently is on the list more than once. This was the highest price paid.

3. Heather Nova, South (US$2,025)

Nova had a series of alt-rock radio hits back in the 90s. The high price paid for this 2001 edition of her South album is a mystery to me.

2. Bob Dylan, The 50th Anniversary Collection (US$2,657)

This European box set turns up several times on the list at various prices, but this is the most ever paid for it.

1. Coil, Live Box (US$3,226)

Coil, an experimental electronic/industrial/psych band from the UK released this box in extremely limited numbers in the UK. Somewhere in the world, a fan was happy to part with a ton of cash to own a copy.

Looking through the rest of the top 100, there are CDs and box sets from Depeche Mode, The Pixies, Oasis, Coldplay, Nirvana, and U2. Browse to your heart’s content here–and then maybe think about looking through your collection.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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