1. The Beatles ( Parlophone UK album 1968)
Value: $ 790,000.00
Ringo Starr’s personal copy (No.0000001) was sold for $790,000 in December 2015, according to Rolling Stone magazine. This is the highest price ever paid for an album that has been commercially released.
2. Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Oko Yono
Value: $ 525,000.00
Before you start jumping for joy, thinking you’ve struck the jackpot because you own this album, we’ve got some bad news for you. Only one copy of John Lennon’s final album is actually worth that much, and it belonged to Mark David Chapman, who had Lennon sign it five hours before he murdered him. The record is currently on sale with an asking price of $525,000 through a memorabilia website.
As for the most valuable record based on the record itself and not who owned it, the 1958 edition of That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger by the Quarrymen was priced at about $310,000 by Record Collector Magazine. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Quarrymen and how they could have the most expensive records, the band featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. They, of course, would go on to form the Beatles. The record is a two-song demo, with one being a cover of “That’ll Be The Day” by Buddy Holly and the other an original song. There’s only one known copy, and Paul McCartney owns it. He had it restored in 1981, and he printed 25 copies for friends. That re-issue is the second most valuable record in the world, worth about $15,000.
Value: $ 100,000.00
3. The Quarrymen “That’ll Be The Day”.
The Quarrymen, ‘That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger’. Yep, the same record as Number 2, but this is the 1958 original. It’s the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe.