Published Nov 04, 2011Given their world-conquering popularity and relatively short lifespan, it's no wonder that Beatles merchandise seems to be fetching increasingly crazy prices these days. The band's fame is such that even a toilet or a tooth is considered a hot commodity. It's not too much of a surprise, then, that a Beatles record sleeve has been named the world's most valuable album cover.
The cover in question is a modified version of 1967's classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (the original version is above), which is worth a whopping £70,000 ($113,489). The alternate cover features the faces of Capitol Records executives in place of the Beatles' faces. Around 100 are believed to have been made.
The survey, conducted by the British magazine Record Collector, determined that half of the top ten most expensive record sleeves are Beatles albums. Coming in at No. 2 was the earliest pressing of the Fab Four's 1968 double-LP the White Album.
Strangely, the top non-Beatles LPs were Magarita Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish Volumes 1 and 2 (which is also a book) and the anti-crime lecture The Nation's Nightmare. These instructional sleeves are presumably so valuable because they were designed by Andy Warhol.
See the full top ten below [via NME]. All totals have been converted into Canadian dollars.
1. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (limited edition Capitol version) ($113,489)
2. The Beatles - The Beatles ($11,349)
3. Margarita Madrigal - Magic Key to Spanish Volumes 1 and 2The Nation's Nightmare ($4,863)
4. The Beatles - Introducing the Beatles ($4,863)
5. The Beatles/Frank Ifield - England's Greatest Recording Stars: The Beatles & Frank Ifield on Stage ($4,863)
6. Tinkerbell's Fairydust - Tinkerbell's Fairydust ($4,863)
7. AC/DC - 12 of the Best ($4,863)
8. The Beatles - Yesterday and Today ($3,243)
9. Dark - Dark Round the Edges ($3,243)
10. Hank Mobley - Hank Mobley ($3,243)