Going to California (on the proceeds)

Fascinating to see this Led Zeppelin album going for a remarkable £31,800 at a Bonham’s auction in May. The reason being those four important autographs, and immaculate provenance. It’s a really nice example although it does look as if the signatures have faded a little in the intervening fifty years, so the new owner would likely have to keep this away from daylight. Hard to know who has that sort of money to spend on vinyl, though I do know a while ago investors in Japan were picking nice first press items up just to stash them away to increase in value. I think the most I ever spent on a single album many years ago was around £500 at Vinyl Tap in Leeds for a vintage Japan only pressing of an album with a sleeve photograph which had never been seen before, and even then it was missing the obi strip which would have put it beyond my reach. But I have paid a few pounds for a couple of singles in the past which now go for about as much, so it’s swings and roundabouts. If I can ever bring myself to part! Thanks to Tonny Steenhagen for the info.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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