The world's most expensive records

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Vinyl records are enjoying something of a comeback, with sales up 53% last year.

But if you're wedded to digital music and your vinyl collection is gathering dust in the attic, it might be time to trade it in for some cash.

A new study from MrGamez has identified the most valuable records, judging from previous auction sales - and if you have a copy of any of them, you could be in for a windfall.

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The UK's most expensive vinyl records

1. God Save the Queen, the Sex Pistols
The A&M pressing of this record was on sale for only six days before scandal caused the band to part ways with the company. Even a copy of the original without the sleeve sells for £8,600.

2. Please Please Me – the Beatles
The Beatles' UK debut album was produced over 13 hours, while Lennon had a bad cold. But it launched the band to enduring fame, and the first pressing now sells for over £6,760.

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3. Introducing the Beatles – The Beatles
Like Please Please Me, this is a 'debut' album for the Beatles: EMI's US subsidiary Capitol Records turned Please Please Me down, making this the band's breakthrough album in the States. Only 6,000 versions were made with the 'Ad Back' sleeve, and these sell for up to £6,150.

4. Bach/Mozart Violin Concertos - Gioconda De Vito
The HMV cream and gold 'dog label' pressing of this 12-inch disc sells for £4,999.

5. Ram - Paul McCartney
Released in 1971, this record - widely seen as a jab at John Lennon following the Beatles' split - is now worth as much as £4,104.75.

6. Bellevue/No More - Don Drummond
This seven-inch ska single was the work of Don Drummond, who ended up spending four years in a hospital for the criminally insane. In perfect condition, it's worth £3,810.

7. Under the Tree - Shide and Acorn
This record is incredibly rare - only 99 copies were ever pressed. As a result, collectors will pay a lot to get hold of a copy, and they can sell for as much as £3,301.

8. Station to Station - David Bowie
Well, we've probably all got a copy of this somewhere - but if yours is acetate, then you're in luck. Only two copies were produced as a test, so if you have one it's worth £3,248.60.

9. Three Parts to my Soul - Dr Z
Another real rarity, there are only around 80 copies of this record believed to be in existence, making it worth up to £3,200.

10. Jazz Journey - Bjarne Rostvold Trio
This came out in 1961, and a first pressing is worth £3,066.


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The 10 most expensive music videos of all time
The video was directed by Mark Romanek, featuring the siblings escaping from earth and all its media stresses on a very white space ship. It cost an astonishing $7 million back in 1995. Nowadays that works out at roughly $10.5 million. The lighting alone was said to have cost $175,000, and the computer-generated spaceship was hardly a bargain either. The fact that the whole shoot took 11 days meant the costs escalated.
Madonna's 2002 video for her James Bond theme song was directed by Swedish outfit Traktor and cost $6.1 million at the time. That's $7.8 million in today's money. The Bond-style imprisonment, and subsequent fencing duel featuring Madonna fighting herself, meant that every shot of the film involved video effects.

Madonna chose to express herself through the medium of a $5 million video directed by David Fincher (who went on to direct Fight Club and The Panic Room). That works out as $9.3 million today. The video featured a host of controversial representations of power and gender - as well as a city full of skyscrapers - which was expensively produced. It was apparently inspired by the 1927 film Metropolis.

In 1995 Madonna blew $5 million on the video for Bedtime Story, directed by Mark Romanek, the king of expensive videos. That would be worth $7.5 million today. The enormous number of digital effects means that although shooting lasted six days, post-production dragged on for week after expensive week. The final result was one of her most experimental, and is kept by a number of art museums and galleries.
Michael Jackson's 1991 hit came with a John Landis video which cost $4 million to make, which is $6.7 million in today's money. For his cash he got appearances from Macaulay Culkin and Tyra Banks, and a whole heap of computer generated transformations. Turning a panther into Michael Jackson doesn't come cheap.
The Guns 'n' Roses video was directed by Andy Morahan in 1993 and cost $4 million. That works out at $6.4 million today. The huge cost has something to do with the fact that the video is ten minutes long, and attempts to tell the story of separation and divorce through epic scenes. These include the band boarding a transport aircraft, Axl Rose jumping off the deck of an oil tanker, and Slash rising from the bottom of the ocean.
The Puff Daddy track featuring Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rymes featured a video by Marcus Nispel, which cost $2.7 million in 1993. That's $3.8 million today. It's another epic, at eight minutes long, and includes appearances from Dennis Hopper and Danny DeVito. The creation of the streets of 3002 AD, building a helicopter and blowing it up, the stunt men and pyrotechnics were all major costs.
MC Hammer's 1991 hit had a video by Rupert Wainwright, which cost $2.5 million at the time. That's $4 million in today's money. Hammer gained a reputation for knowing how to spend money, and this video is no exception. The appearances by everyone from James Brown to James Belushi,the special effects and the pyrotechnics all add up.
Mariah Carey (featuring Jay-Z) spent $2,5 million on a Brett Ratner video in 1999. That's $3.4 million today. It has been called a 'mini chic flick', and features Carey both as herself, and as the woman seeing her boyfriend in secret. The sets (including renting a cinema and a mansion), the cast, the appearance of Jerry O'Connell, and the animated sequence all added to the cost.
Busta Rhymes (featuring Janet Jackson) spent $2.4 million on a Hype Williams video in 1999 - which is worth $3.9 million today. A major cost has to be the computer morphing again, which sees the singers repeatedly morph into various forms. Busta's glass costume was also said to have cost $40,000.
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