This Beatles album could become the most expensive record ever sold

There are several Holy Grails when it comes to record collecting.

  1. The recording Elvis Presley made at Sun Records for his mother in June 1953. This acetate featuring “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartache Begins” is The King’s first recording. Jack White bought it for US$300,000 in 2015.
  2. “In Spite of All the Danger,” an acetate recorded by The Quarrymen in a Liverpool living room in 1958. This is the first recording of the band that would become the Beatles. Paul McCartney has it. It’s impossible to put a price on it.
  3. Although not nearly as valuable as those first two records ($10,000-$25,000), the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” on A&M is on every punk collector’s list.

But the all-time most expensive record could be a copy of The Beatles’ White Album when it goes up for sale this week. Fans know that each copy was stamped with a serial number with the first four copies, number 0000001-0000004, went to the members of the band. Ringo got 0000001. And apparently so did a few Capital Records executives. (Weird that there are multiple 0000001s, but whatever). It’s still factory-sealed.

Ringo sold his copy of 0000001 in 2015 for charity, raising US$790,000. This version is coming from a Beatles collector who had it appraised for US$1 million.

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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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