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Beatles top vinyl collectable sales

The Beatles and other British groups are top of the pops when it comes to rare vinyl, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Eight of the top 10 most collectible acts in the world today are Brits, according to UK-based, the world's biggest rare records site.

The Beatles beat the Rolling Stones, once chart rivals in the 1960s, to the top spot for sales last year.

Collectors spent more than twice as much on rare Beatles records than they did on releases by third-placed Madonna.

The top 10 was rounded out by Queen, U2, Pink Floyd, Kylie Minogue, Depeche Mode, The Who and David Bowie.

Julian Thomas of, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, said 2011 was a "boom year" for rare vinyl despite the economic recession.

He said, "As well as the vibrant vinyl collecting scene, we've also noticed an increase in interest from investors who want to put their money into something less volatile than stocks and shares.

"Mint copies of vinyl singles and albums by the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are fantastic investments and are much less likely to fall in value.

"These artists have extensive back catalogues, huge fan followings and longevity and these are the factors which make them collectible."

Other UK musicians and groups to grace the Top 20 chart included hard rock legends Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden, Oasis, and disco kings the Pet Shop Boys.

Full chart:

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Madonna
4. Queen
5. U2
6. Pink Floyd
7. Kylie Minogue
8. Depeche Mode
9. The Who
10. David Bowie
11. Jimi Hendrix
12. Led Zeppelin
13. Iron Maiden
14. Oasis
15. Bob Dylan
16. Metallica
17. Pet Shop Boys
18. Elvis Presley
19. Prince
20. Bon Jovi

Despite the download revolution, sales of vinyl reached a six-year high in 2011, according to recent figures from the Official Charts Company.

341,000 albums were sold in 2011 with Radiohead's The King Of Limbs the best-selling record of the year.

Julian said, "The Beatles continue to top the chart of collectable artists, despite the fact they split up as a group over 40 years ago.

"Everything, from their original vinyl records to concert programs, autographs, posters and memorabilia continues to generate huge interest among collectors and investors alike.

"Autographs of John, Paul, George and Ringo continue to grow in value, particularly if they are signed on record covers or publicity photographs.

"In line with many other classic collectables, originality and condition are the over-riding important factors, especially when it comes to their vinyl records.

"It doesn't matter how old a record is, if it's scratched it's worth little or nothing. To attain the highest price the record, its cover and any associated inserts or inner sleeves must all remain in near perfect condition, irrespective of age.

"The Beatles sold millions of records so they're quite easy to find in poor condition. Mint examples is where the value and rarity lies.

"Of particular interest to collectors are mint condition stereo and mono examples of the Please Please Me LP, on the black and gold Parlophone label.

"Later issues had black & yellow labels, worth a fraction of the price of a black & gold label original. Low numbered copies of the 'White Album', complete with portrait inserts and poster remain highly desirable."

Thanks to Small World News Service.

Published April 4, 2012

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