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Saturday 12 July 2014

Quarrymen records 'most costly'

The Quarrymen featuring Paul McCartney (left, guitar) and John Lennon (centre)

Punk idols The Sex Pistols are more costly for vinyl buff devotees than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, according to new research.

Experts at Record Collector magazine have calculated the cost of amassing a set of the rarest items for music fans.

And the God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant hitmakers have proved to be one of the most costly combos in the music world with the average cost per record among their hard-to-find releases put at £698.

Unsurprisingly the list is topped by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon's early group the Quarrymen whose limited edition money-can't-buy releases are always at the top of any list of the most costly releases - the priciest being an acetate copy of That'll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger which is estimated at £200,000.

Sir Paul, who owns the original copy, had 78 rpm and 45 rpm copies made up and these are priced at £10,000 each, bringing the average price for each of the three formats listed in the Rare Record Price Guide to a colossal £73,333.

The magazine's researchers found that owning a copy of each of the 63 Sex Pistols releases which are in the guide would cost any potential collector a total of £44,002.

The list has thrown up a surprising entry for one fairly obscure artist, the Russian violinist Leonid Kogan, whose stereo LPs from the early 1960s change hands for huge amounts. Snapping up all eight of his most collectable records would cost £8,200 - giving an average prize per release of £1,025.

Behind The Quarrymen in Record Collector's list of the artists it would cost fans most to collect are The Beatles in second spot (£83,012 to buy a copy of each of the most valuable items), with the Pistols in third position.

It would cost £3.13 million to buy each of the entries in the price guide.

:: Record Collector's top artists by value in the Rare Record Price Guide, with the cost of buying each of their collectable items, the number of entries and the average price)

1. The Quarrymen £220,000 (three records, average price £73,333)

2..The Beatles £83,012 (449, £184.88)

3. Sex Pistols £44,002 (63, £698.44)

4. Queen £27,697 (185, £149.55)

5. David Bowie £26,740 (284, £94.15)

6. The Rolling Stones £23,470 (305, £76.95)

7. Elvis Presley £20,365

8. Led Zeppelin £19,513 (58, £354.78)

9. The Smiths £19,138 (146, £131.08)

10. U2 £18,611 (202, £92.13)

11. Marc Bolan/T.Rex £18,546 (139, £133.42)

12. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band £14,482 (50, £289.64)

13. Pink Floyd £13,778 (50, £275.56)

14. Madonna £11,666 (153, £76.25)

15. The Dark £9,090 (7, £1,298.57)

16. The Who £9,000 (94, £95.74)

17. Jimi Hendrix Experience £8,717 (97, £92.73)

18. Iron Maiden £8,378 (157, £53.36)

19. Genesis £8,263 (83, £99.55)

20. Leonid Kogan £8,200 (8, £1,025)

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