Everybody owns a David Bowie record. Everyone. But if you own this David Bowie record, you may want to take a seat.
The most expensive sale of any album on vinyl collector site Discogs has just taken place, with a whopping $6,826 (£4,722) changing hands. The record-breaking record was none other than the original UK pressing of David Bowie's 1969's self-titled release, which later went on to be renamed Space Oddity. Yep, you're right to want to rush home to flick through your parents' collection of vinyl.
The sale surpasses the former record set by New York hardcore band Judge and the limited-edition 12 inch of their album Chung King Can Suck It, which sold for a massive $6,048 (£4,183).
No prizes for guessing that the passing of The Thin White Duke played a huge part in this whopping sale.
“As morbid as it sounds, there is usually a bump in sales in the marketplace for a given artist when they pass,” said Discog’s marketing director Ron Rich. “Collectors look to grab that piece of history, they want to own that a piece of the story. There are a finite number of that album and even fewer that were released under the title David Bowie – find one in good condition and you can relive that moment when you first listened to it. It’s tough to put a monetary value on that.”
Obviously, this fee doesn't come close to the $2,000,000 that wannabe superhero villain Martin Shkreli paid for Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon A Time In Shaolin in 2015, or Ringo Starr's very own copy of The Beatles' White Album, which went for $790,000 in December.
Still, worth climbing into the attic to check though, isn't it?