Jack White Claims to Have Sold the Most Expensive Flexi-Disc Ever with Helium Balloon Single
Published Apr 18, 2012As if there wasn't already enough hype for Jack White's debut solo album, Blunderbuss, the garage rock genius recently generated even more attention with a hilarious stunt that saw him release flexi-disc singles for his song "Freedom at 21" via helium balloons. Once the singles started landing, they quickly ended up on eBay. Now, White's own Third Man Records is claiming that the release has become the highest priced flexi-disc of all time.
The label's website notes that, on April 17, an eBay auction for one of the "Freedom at 21" singles reached $4,238.88.
The label writes, "As far as can be discerned, this is the highest price ever paid for a flexi-disc record, topping out usual benchmarks from obscure Japanese hardcore singles of the early 80's and Beatles fan-club Christmas offerings."
However, it's unclear how exactly the label researched the matter.
Of course, this is hardly the first time that White's unconventional releases have fetched exorbitant prices on eBay, and a rare White Stripes single once fetched $18,000. The Third Man mogul has even auctioned off some of his own records in order to combat those who buy up the label's records just to flip them for a profit.
Blunderbuss is out April 24 via Third Man/Columbia/XL.