The Beatles – The Beatles (the "White Album") (Parlophone UK album, 1968) – 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.
The Quarrymen – "That'll Be the Day"/"In Spite of All the Danger" (UK 78–rpm, acetate in plain sleeve, 1958). Only one copy made. The one existing copy is currently owned by Paul McCartney. Record Collector magazine listed the guide price at £200,000 in issue 408 (December 2012). McCartney had some "reissues" pressed in 1981 on UK 10-inch 78 RPM and 7-inch 45 RPM, in reproduction Parlophone sleeves, 25 copies of each; these are estimated to be worth upwards of £10,000 each.
Normal copies of records involving famous people can often rocket in price when autographed, as for example in the case of a copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy (Geffen US album, 1980), autographed by Lennon five hours before his murder. This sold in 1999 for $150,000.
The Beatles – Yesterday and Today (Capitol, US album in ‘butcher’ sleeve, 1966). A sealed mint "first state" stereo copy sold for US$125,000 in February 2016, unsealed mint copies of this pressing have regularly sold for well over $15,000. Other pressings and states are also available, in both mono and stereo with prices ranging from $150 to $10,000.
Original master tapes of historic recordings can fetch very high prices at auction. A tape of The Quarrymen performing live sold for £78,500. Other high prices for obscure Beatles-related tapes include $30,000 at Bonhams in 2008 for a recording of John Lennon singing at a party in 1973.
The Beatles' "Till There Was You" 10-inch acetate sold in March 2016 for £77,500, according to Record Collector 453.
Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hull – "Original Stack O’Lee Blues" (Black Patti, US 78 rpm in plain sleeve, 1927). $50,000 offered to Joe Bussard, according to Amanda Petrusich's Do Not Sell At Any Price.
Frank Wilson – "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" (SOUL*35019, US 7-inch 45 rpm in plain sleeve, 1966). One of two known copies of this Northern soul classic fetched over £25,000 (approx. $37,000) in May 2009. Northern soul is a highly collectible area, based around obscure American soul singles.
Jean Michel Jarre - Music for Supermarkets (Disques Dreyfus, France, FDM 18113), Only one copy of this LP exists. It was auctioned for 36,000FR (approx. $14,000 at the time, or about $33,563 in 2016) in Paris in 1983.
David Bowie - 'Hunky-Dorey' (sic) acetate reached nearly £20,000 in 2016, but failed to meet the reserve (Record Collector 454).
Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico (US album acetate, in plain sleeve, 1966 with alternate versions of tracks from official release). Estimated to be over $40,000. It was sold on eBay, on December 9, 2006, for $155,401. However, both bids were fake and the record was relisted. The final selling price was $25,200.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Wedding Album - USA Capitol LP acetate with handwritten sleeve notes, 1969 and offered for $25,000 at Forevervinyl.com. Possibly the only acetate available of this record.
Elvis Presley – "Stay Away, Joe" (US, RCA Victor UNRM-9408, 1967). Single-sided promotional album of which only one well-publicized copy is known to exist, and it came directly from Presley's personal collection. Valued at $25,000+.