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Junk in Your Attic That Could Be Worth Solid Gold: List of Records Worth $1000 or More

Updated on December 29, 2012

My Home the Dumping Ground

Do you have lots of junk in your basement or attic? Our home is the "dumping ground" for our family members. We have a larger home than they do and four children so I guess they feel we can use these items. Throughout my house are all sorts of items such as antique furniture (I have lots of that), antique dishes, a silver tea set, knickknacks, and other miscellaneous items.

When my in-laws moved into independent living, they brought over several boxes of items. In them were several boxes of old records. Being that I LOVE ebay, I began to look a couple of the records up to see if they were worth anything. The original soundtrack from Gone With the Wind was going anywhere from $15 to over $40. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a lot of them available but not a lot of interest.

This original 45 from the Beatles could be worth thousands!
This original 45 from the Beatles could be worth thousands!

List of Hot Records

Remember, an item is worth only what someone else is willing to pay for it at that time. While you might have a rare album, nobody may be collecting it right now. If the albums you have are not worth anything, hold onto them. A good time to sell that item is when the market is hot. For instance, I have a 1985 Paul McCartney concert program. When he kicks the bucket, that baby's going on ebay!

Here's a list I got from a wordpress blog that lists the top 10 hottest records according to their value. If you happen to have one of these babies, lucky YOU!

  • the Supremes: Meet the Supremes (their first record) worth $1000
  • Jimi Hendrix: Axis: As Bold As Love worth $2000 (not the reissued one)
  • Lynyrd Skynrd: "Michelle" 45" worth $2000
  • the Beatles: "Can't Buy Me Love" 45" worth $2500 picture sleeve is needed
  • the Byrds: "The Times They Are a Changin" 45" worth $2500 with the picture sleeve
  • Bruce Springsteen: "Spirit in the NIght" 45" worth $5000
  • the Caine Mutiny soundtrack worth $10,000
  • Elvis Presley: Elvis' Christmas Album worth $18,000 if it has the red vinyl record
  • Rolling Stones: "Street Fighting Man" 45" worth $18,000 with the picture sleeve
  • Bob Dylan: the Freewhelin' Bob Dylan worth $20,000 only if it has "Talkin John Byrch Society Blues" song on the LP

If you want more information, go to They will appraise your records for a nominal fee.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      The best way is to go on ebay and check it out. I did and most of the Beatles LPs are going $25-50.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 5 years ago from Georgia

      It's not my opinion, just some information I found from a supposed expert in the industry. I'm not sure ebay would be the best place to sell records as rare as these, honestly. Prices for truly rare items can be tricky. Thanks for your comments!

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      perrya 5 years ago

      The prices you quoted are WAY over priced. Few ebayers would pay those prices and selling records is tricky. before you ask for a price, research it on more reliable sites than a blog.

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Awesome Hub. I may have one of these, thanks!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Vote up awesome!

      My dad has a lot of antiques in the utility room that he refuses to get rid of. I wish he would donate it or just sell it somehow. He has a collection of old records such as the Beatles, Elvis Presley and many others. E-bay is a great way to sell this stuff. For someone that hates mess and clutter, I would have gotten rid of all this stuff many moons ago! lol.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      What a really cool article! Thank you! I will share this with hub following, google, twitter! What today's stats and see if this has helped increase reads.