Here are some of the most expensive modern vinyl albums

Virgin Radio

1 Sep 2021, 14:20

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As any record collector will tell you, there is nothing quite like a vinyl album. The gentle crackle of the needle on the groove, and the warm sound that emanates from your speakers, is quite lovely. However, as any record collector will also tell you, it’s not always the cheapest hobby!

Unless you are lucky enough to chance upon some gold at a charity shop, vinyl LPs can often set you back a pretty penny, and even relatively new records can cost silly amounts.

With this in mind, the experts at have researched some of the most expensive records to have been released over the past two decades, and they include some eye-watering prices. 

A spokesperson for said: “There’s a huge community of cult followers for loads of musicians and since record collecting went full circle and spun back into our lives, they have become sought-after collector’s items.

“Your average music lover can afford some of these exclusive albums, as they are not re-mortgage your house expensive. However, some fans will opt for replicas to save some cash.

“Vinyl players used to be an item of luxury, but despite the take-off of CDs, MP3s and streaming, they are still growing in popularity.”

According to data from the Recording Industry Association of America, last year records outsold CDs in the US for the first time since the 1980s.

Here are a few of the most costly modern vinyls: 

Kanye West – Graduation (2007)

A new copy of this album on purple vinyl will set you back £250, but you might be able to find a second-hand one for about 50 quid. The album features classics like Good Morning, Stronger and Homecoming.

Gorillaz – Gorillaz (2001)

Now 20 years old, the self-titled album costs somewhere between £60 and £130. It includes bangers like Clint Eastwood and Tomorrow Comes Today.

Tame Impala – Currents (2015)

The limited-edition bright yellow and purple vinyl version of the much-acclaimed album from the Aussie indie act is priced at around £150 although, if you’re lucky and you don’t mind the condition of the record not being perfect, you might be able to get it for £70ish.

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights (2020)

The average price that people have paid for this vinyl album is around £60, although some people have paid upwards of £80 for a copy.

Kylie Minogue – Kylie Christmas (2015)

You might end up paying a whopping £300 for this collection of festive tunes from everyone’s favourite Antipodean popster. Bargain hunters may be able to find a copy for closer to £150 though. The original editions, which could be ordered through Kylie's official shop, came wrapped in exclusive red and white Kylie-printed Christmas wrapping paper.

Annie Lennox – The Annie Lennox Collection (2009)

This record from the legendary singer will likely cost anywhere between £80 and £180, depending on condition, with some selling for as much as £200.

Dave – We're All Alone In This Together (2021)

The Limited-edition vinyl from the South London artist only dropped a few weeks ago, but it is already fetching up to £600 on online auction sites, after originally being released for about £50. The album features Stormzy, amongst other notable grime and hip hop artists.

Rihanna – Anti (2016)

Copies of this album have sold for anywhere between £60 and £180, while one is currently on sale for close to £290. The record features artists such as SZA and Drake.

Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon (2015)

The limited-edition, red translucent vinyl originally sold for about 30 quid, but fans are now splashing out anywhere between £170 and £320 for a mint copy.

So, if you happen to have any of these in your collection, be sure to take very, very good care of them!