Saturday, November 29, 2008

RICH YUNG REPORT: White Album sells for $30,000

A numbered copy of The Beatles self-titled album (aka The White Album) has sold for £19,201 (nearly US $30,000) on eBay. An unknown seller out of Linz, Austria sold the album. It is numbered 0000005.

The original numbered 1-4 were given to the individual Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Designer Richard Hamilton gave the cover numbers as a joke. He liked the irony of a “limited edition” of 5 million. Little did Richard know that 5 million was only a speck out what the album would eventually sell. It has sold 4 times that in the USA alone.

Record Collector magazine has ranked the rare copy No. 1 in its list of the 200 Rarest Records of All Time.