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Ongoing History Daily: The most valuable White Stripes record EVER

When the White Stripes were still finding their sound, they pressed a 7-inch single for a song called “Lafayette Blues” b/w “Sugar Never Tasted So Good” on an obscure indie label called Italy Records. Two things make this single extremely valuable.

First, the cover was hand-painted by Dave Buick, the founder of the label. Second, the vinyl was a red-and-white swirl. Other versions were black, red, or white. Third, there weren’t that many of these records pressed because they were only meant to be sold at the record release party in Detroit on October 23, 1998.

Had you been there, you would have been able to buy up one of the 15 copies in existence for about six dollars at the merch table. Today, one of those records can change hands for more than US$12,000.

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