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Pistols top Beatles' rare vinyl prices

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 (€820).

Unsurprisingly, the list is topped by Paul McCartney and John Lennon's early group the Quarrymen whose limited edition 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 (€235,000).


McCartney, who owns the original copy, had 78rpm and 45rpm copies made up and these are priced at £10,000 (€11,760) each, bringing the average price for each of the three formats listed in the Rare Record Price Guide to a colossal £73,333 (€86,233).

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 (€51,741).

The list has thrown up a surprising entry for one obscure artist, the Russian violinist Leonid Kogan, whose stereo LPs from the 1960s change hands for huge amounts.

Snapping up all eight of his most collectable records would cost £8,200 (€9,642) – giving an average price per release of £1,025 (€1,205).

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 or €97,732 to buy a copy of each of the most valuable items), with the Pistols in third position.

U2 come in at number 10 on the list, and the cost of buying all of their 202 collectable items would amount to £18,611 (€21,865) or an average of £92.13 (€108.33) per release.