Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

If you own this Bowie record you may be about to make serious money

BowieHEAD.jpg

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).

David Bowie - David Bowie (1969)

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?

Related

glastobowie.jpg

Glastonbury is going to pay tribute to David Bowie & Prince

lorde2.jpg

The Brits Bowie tribute was absolutely perfect

11.jpg

David Bowie rejected work with Dave Grohl with best email ever

Comments

More

This Harvard student dropped a rap album as his final dissertation

Now I feel like a mug for writing a 20,000-word essay

by Gary Ogden
22 May 2017

UK music festivals are going to start testing your drugs for purity

It has the potential to save lives

by Gary Ogden
22 May 2017

The 7 most important UK festival sets of the millennium

The musical moments in a field that changed everything

by David Hillier
19 May 2017

These modern albums redesigned with retro covers are glorious

We wish these were the real thing

by Dave Fawbert
19 May 2017

Chris Cornell's isolated vocals to 'Black Hole Sun' are amazing

A reminder of the sheer talent of the Soundgarden frontman

by Dave Fawbert
19 May 2017

Check out the exclusive new Nothing But Thieves video

'Amsterdam' was filmed in a Ukranian industrial warehouse

by Dave Fawbert
18 May 2017

Paying tribute to Chris Cornell, one of the greatest voices in music

And here are six songs from him that you need to listen to immediately

by Dave Fawbert
18 May 2017

There's going to be a secret #Grime4Corbyn party, and you can go

JME and co. are fully behind Labour for this election

by Gary Ogden
15 May 2017

Check out the soulful new EP from Tom Walker

Scottish born, Manchester bred singer-songwriter is your new soul boy

by Dave Fawbert
12 May 2017

Psy is back and ready to take over the internet again

The man behind 'Gangnam Style' is back with another earworm

by Gary Ogden
11 May 2017