Vinyl albums can become extremely collectible if their rarity and history makes them significant. Take, for example, the first recording by The Beatles, which was an acetate recorded in 1957. Paul McCartney owns that one and won’t let it out of his sight.
But then there’s a specific copy of Double Fantasy, John Lennon’s final album. Late in the afternoon of December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman went up to Lennon outside the Dakota apartments and had him sign his copy. Around 10:30, Chapman was back at the Dakota when he shot Lennon four times in the back.
His signed copy of Double Fantasy disappeared into the ether until an anonymous private collector sold it for US$1.5 million. How much it worth now? We won’t know until the current owner tries to sell it again.