If money were no object, what record would you buy?

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As part of our mega vinyl survey last year, we asked hundreds of people the question: “If money were no object, what one record would you buy?”

We’re posing tough questions here at The Vinyl Factory. Last time we presented the record collector’s nightmare –  “your house is burning down, you can only save one record: what would it be?”

Our next question is something of a collector’s wet dream but that doesn’t make it any easier. We’ve cherry-picked from the pool of responses to reveal an incredible selection of coveted, expensive, rare, bizarre, unusual, banned and even fictional records.


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"Duran Duran Story - an odd Japanese pressing. Last I saw it went for $1000 on eBay."

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"Rammellzee & K-Rob - Beat Bop, test pressing with original artwork by Jean Michel Basquiat."

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"The Zombies - Oddysey & Oracle on CBS. I always thought I had it, but can't find it now."

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"Once Upon a Time in Shaolin by Wu-Tang. It's literally a museum piece."

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"Caustic Window - Caustic Window LP"

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"One of the early Vault Packages from Third Man Records."

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"The Cure - Club America, a 10" test acetate made at Abbey Road Studios."

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"I'd love an original pressing of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds."

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"The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute. 1st pressing."

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"An original Sun Ra hand painted sleeve"

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"Christian Marclay - Record Without A Cover"

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"The Voyager Golden Record. Or Burial/Massive Attack - Four Walls"

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"Tubular Bells (mint original pressing)"

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"Original pressing of: A Piper At The Gates of Dawn"

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"Nelson Angelo E Joyce's self-titled album"

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"New Romantic. A Japanese promo pressing featuring Duran Duran and Kraftwerk"

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"Bill Evans Trio - Waltz For Debby from 1961"

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"A first pressing of Dexter Gordon - Doin' Alright (Blue Note)"

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"Probably the first Joy Division 7", just after the name change from Warsaw (original pressing)"

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"An original pressing of Sun Ra's Sleeping Beauty"

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"The limited edition version of Aphex Twin - Syro"

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"Beatles' Yesterday And Today album because of the banned cover."

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"Right now? The St. Vincent limited Golden Triangle released with her most recent record."

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"The Honey Ltd.'s Come Down; I was played this single at a record store in Köln once and wasn't able to purchase it at the time. It's not super expensive, I guess, but it's a tougher one to track down."

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"Beckie Bell's In Need Of... for the track 'Music Madness'"

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A rare The Brian Jonestown Massacre EP - it's the only one I don't own of their entire vinyl catalogue. It's titled Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth!"

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"Difficult question. Maybe the Captain Murphy release?"

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"Ben Frost & Richard Mosse - The Enclave"

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I'd buy the Autobahn vinyl that Maude Lebowski plays in The Big Lebowski and listen to it drinking a White Russian.

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"An original pressing of Mike Oldfield's The Songs of Distant Earth"

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"UNKLE ‎– First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Because it has always been one of my favourite songs, so delicate, so beautiful and I was lucky enough to hear this version live at the recently UNKLE gig at the Southbank. Sadly I didn’t realise they were selling it on the night and it’s a MASSIVE, MASSIVE regret as it’s an awesome version of one of my favourite records. I just can’t justify paying silly money to blaggers on Discogs!"

R-4829195-1391346812-2021.jpeg"An original Robert Johnson 78 on Vocalion, don't mind which one."

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"Levon Vincent's Invinsible Bitchslap"

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"Coil - Astral Disaster"

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"As a collector I would buy The Quarrymen's That'll Be The Day / In Spite Of All The Danger"
"The Quarrymen shellac release currently owned by Paul McCartney"

Share the one record you’d buy in the comments section below.

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