Beatles [no longer] for sale

Pop quiz, hot shot: how much will a close-to-near-mint copy of The Beatles’ first long-playing record, Please Please Me, set you back?

The Beatles Please Please Me stereo LP, 1963 first pressing
The Beatles Please Please Me stereo LP, 1963 first pressing

We’re talking first UK pressing, stereo copy, heavyweight shiny black vinyl, gold and black Parlophone labels (PCS 3042), Dick James songwriting credits, glossy front laminated flip-back sleeve printed by Ernest J Day, Angus McBean photo credit printed in the far bottom right corner on the front, vinyl matrix stamps YEX 94-1 and 95-1, vinyl stampers G1 and R1, MTZ tax code embossed on side two label and supplied with the original polythene-lined “Use Emitex” inner sleeve.

So how much is it likely to set you back? According to this recent transaction on a well-known auction web site, quite the pretty penny.  [JW]

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