The world’s most valuable 7-inch record was just sold for HOW MUCH?

I’ve never really understood Northern Soul, a peculiarly British phenomenon where obscure Motown and Motown-like R&B/soul recordings are treasured like diamond-infused slabs of platinum. And because these 7-inch singles are insanely rare, aficionados are willing to spend insane amounts to acquire certain records.

Lee Jeffries is one of those people. The man from Leicestershire in the UK just grabbed a copy of “Do I Love You” by Frank Wilson, a song rejected by Motown. As a result, only a tiny number of 45s were pressed up.

How much? The selling price wasn’t disclosed, but it was more than the £25,742 (close to $45,000 CAD) it sold for back in 2009. This sale makes it the most expensive 7-inch single of all time.

Read more (and see some pictures) here.

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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