Ob-La-Di hell: White Album sells for 19,201

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Ob-La-Di hell: White Album sells for 19,201

Post by Baz on Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:51 am



Forty years after the Beatles' White Album first went on sale, yesterday
someone bought a copy - for 19,201.

Sold at auction, this was no ordinary edition - just the fifth double-LP to
be pressed in the initial "limited edition" of 5 million, it's emblazoned
with the 0000005 serial number and is the first copy other than the four
given to the Beatles themselves.

The numbering of copies was originally intended as a joke by designer
Richard Hamilton, tickled by the irony of a "limited edition" of 5
million. But of course even that estimate fell short - the White Album has
sold many, many times that number. Usually for about 10.

The 0000005 edition of the album has long known to be out there. It was
voted #1 in Record Collector magazine's "200 Rarest Records of All Time". John Lennon was understood to have it in his collection before giving it away to an unnamed friend - a musician - who visited his house.

Bidding on the album was relatively slow until the closing minutes of this
week's eBay auction, when a flurry of bids sent the price from 16,200 to
17,000, then 18,000, 19,101 and finally 19,201.

The seller remains unknown, as does the auction winner. Only his location - Linz in Austria - had been disclosed.

Although Mozart spent time in Linz, we think it unlikely that the wealthy, deceased composer was the winning bidder - he seems like too much of an XTC fan.


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Post by Dave Mercury on Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:04 am

Some people have got more money than sense.
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Post by jackie 46 on Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:08 am

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