West Village, New York
415 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 780-9166

NYC's Academy Records Lists The Five Rarest Records of All Time July 24, 2014

West Village, Manhattan
NYC's Academy Records Lists The Five Rarest Records of All Time, Manhattan, New York

Academy Records, voted by Rolling Stone as one of the best retail record stores in the U.S., buys your old vinyl records in all genres; from rock and soul to jazz, folk and disco. This record store is always eager to offer new albums and with an ever expanding library, have compiled a list of some of the most valuable records on the market.

And while Academy Records may not have these exact finds on that stands, they thought it’d be nice to take a look at how the other half lives. Here are the top five rarest LP’s on the market:

  • Sonny Clark Cool Struttin' (1958) A highly sought-after Blue Note release with "47 W 63rd" text on both sides. Near mint is valued at $2,000 - $3,000
  • David Bowie Time / The Prettiest Star (1973) [Single] The value here is for the extremely rare picture sleeve on the US edition of this Bowie 45. Mint is valued at $2,000 - $5,000
  • Dark Round the Edges (1972) This progressive rock album from the early 1970s was limited to only 50 copies. Value: $3,500 - $7,500
  • Stormy Weather / Sleepy Cowboy (1952) [Single] Only three known copies of this doo-wop number are in circulation. Value: $10,000 - $20,000
  • Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan [withdrawn version] (1963) Incredibly rare version of the US stereo version features four songs left off all subsequent releases ("Rocks and Gravel," "Let Me Die in My Footsteps," "Gamblin' Willie's Dead Man's Hand," and "Talkin' John Birch Blues"). Value: $20,000 - $30,000

So, if you've got one of the above, make sure to bring it down to Academy Records - they'll be happy to take it off your hands for you! If not, then be sure to make it down to this diverse record shop to check out the current selection. 

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Academy Records
Browse The Best Vintage & Rare Vinyl Records at Academy Records, Manhattan, New York
In the age where digital music and online streaming services appear to reign supreme, vinyl records are surging back into popular media. As collectors scour the market for the best c...read more
Get The Best Record Player For Your Classic Records With Academy Records, Manhattan, New York
When you buy classic used or new vinyl records from Academy Records, you want to make sure that you have the best record player to do them justice. This record store sells only the b...read more
Academy Records Proudly Opens Their Extensive & Convenient Webstore, Manhattan, New York
Academy Records provides a very special service to passionate record collectors, offering music and film lovers with a wide selection of CDs, vinyl records, and DVDs. As the mus...read more
Pack Your New & Used Vinyl Records Safely With These Tips From Academy Records, Manhattan, New York
Any vinyl record collector has faced the unpleasant and overwhelming task of transporting their collection to a new location. Whether you own 50 or 500, the task is always approached...read more