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Bathory Album Among Most Expensive Vinyl Sold in July 2019

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Proof in the pudding that the vinyl market is as robust as the RIAA says it is are the monthly reports Discogs.com has been releasing that list the most expensive individual pieces to sell on the site, recent editions of which have boasted some eye-popping figures. Sure, rare items from the past are a different beast than the sales of new vinyl the RIAA is tracking, but it’s all indicative of a renewed interest in vinyl on the whole that’s been building for years.

Dicsogs just published their list of the most expensive vinyl sold on the site in July, and while it hasn’t got as much metal and punk as some of the site’s past lists (on which Misfits records consistently place), there is one exception: a 1984 copy of Bathory’s self-titled album that recently netted $1,665, good enough to land it the #22 spot for the month. That’s some serious coin for a record I’m guessing no one at the time would be worth any more than the wax and paper it was printed on.

A Led Zeppelin box set, released in 2006, sold for $6,444 on the site, landing it the #2 rank for July. The #1 spot belongs to Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp.

If I were a record collector in possession of some old rarities, I think I’d hold onto them for the time being, as it doesn’t seem like the market is done growing. That said, one never knows with these things, and $1,600 is a massive chunk of change for a record. Think of all the new records you could buy with that money!

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