Are you the owner of a considerable number of David Bowie vinyl records? Do you have any rare David Bowie vinyl? Are you looking to part ways with it in the pursuit of hard cash? Do you simply want to get an idea of how much it’s worth?
Then join us today as we explore 13 of the rarest and most valuable David Bowie records on the used vinyl market!
1. Peter & the Wolf
Certain copies of this album (namely those imported from Japan) are likely to fetch a considerable sum when put up for sale. This is largely due to its considerable rarity in comparison with English and American pressings, something that tends to benefit anyone who has a large collection of imported goods like vinyl and compilation contained rarities recorded.
2. David Bowie
Similarly, there are Japanese copies of David Bowie’s first album that also fetch considerable sums of money when put up for sale on the used market. This is, likewise, for the same reasons as listed above.
3. Hunky Dory
Another album from David Bowie’s earlier career you might want to look for when looking for used vinyl to sell is Hunky Dory, test pressings of which have also been known to sell for large amounts of money on the used vinyl market. Get digging, friends!
4. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
This is another of David Bowie’s most popular albums and, as such, it also fetches large sums of money when put up for sale, especially if pressing for sale is an earlier one, mint copies of which are increasingly hard to find.
5. Aladdin Sane
Similarly, there are certain copies of David Bowie’s album Aladdin Sane that sport a certain pictographic feature that, in turn, has driven up the price considerably when put up for sale on the used vinyl market (see online vinyl stores like Discogs for more details).
6. “Space Oddity”
There also exist certain copies of David Bowie’s hit single “Space Oddity” from Greece that, when put up for sale, have been known to benefit the seller considerably, if, of course, the seller is in one of large stacks of cash in exchange for a measly black disc.
7. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
Likewise, you would do your best to check your copy of Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) because, if you own a copy that is signed, you are looking at a gift horse in the mouth, and that gift is David Bowie.
Devised as a “stop-gap” album to appease his record label, this covers album features glam rock and proto-punk versions of songs by British bands from the 1960s that were influential to Bowie as a teenager, including the Pretty Things, the Who, the Yardbirds, and Pink Floyd. As such, it is likely to earn and it’s keep in your collection.
9. Diamond Dogs
Initial copies of this album featured David Bowie with the full genitalia of a dog. These copies were soon pulled from production, hence their subsequent rarity and the high sums that they can fetch when put up for sale.
10. The Man Who Sold the World
This album, though often neglected among Bowie’s larger work, can also fetch considerable sums when put up for sale, especially if you own a first pressing released by Mercury Records. If not, then perhaps you should think about selling it some other way.
11. The Next Day
Despite the fact that this album has only been out for around a decade, there already exist copies of this album that can fetch considerable sums of money, namely those in UNICEF Blue that haven’t been opened.
12. Station to Station
Arguably one of David Bowie’s finest achievements, this album is regularly neglected as such.
This neglect, in turn, results in a lack of popularity which ultimately makes this a rarer item, hence why it can command such a high price on the used vinyl market despite its lack of popularity
Another of David Bowie’s lesser-known works, this album suffers the same fate as Station to Station and thus a similar status on the used vinyl market. This is even despite the fact that it is the conclusion of the infamous Berlin trilogy, the previous two albums of which many fans still laud and applaud, some of the best-sounding vinyl records ever made.
So, there you have it! Hopefully, you are now feeling ready and able to do what you will with your rare David Bowie vinyl!
FAQs Rare David Bowie Vinyl
What is the rarest David Bowie record?
Though this will depend on where you look, there are many who will tell you that the rarest David Bowie records come from Japan. Such Japanese imports have been known to command considerable prices on the used vinyl market.
What is the most expensive Bowie LP?
Though “Space Oddity” was once the most expensive record sold on Discogs, there are other sites that command even higher prices for David Bowie records. Such sites list Japanese imports of, for example, Peter and the Wolf, as going for even higher prices
How much is David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs worth?
Drumming up considerable controversy from the get-go, this album notoriously featured David Bowie with full dog genitalia, an image that was quickly pulled out of mainstream production. Thus, original copies featuring these genitalia are known to fetch considerable sums of money when put up for sale.
How do I know if my vinyl is rare?
The quickest and easiest way to check the rarity of your vinyl is to use a site like Discogs. Their extensive database allows you to check the pressing and release in tandem with one another. With such a resource, you should be able to see how rare your record is quickly and efficiently