NEW YORK – We don’t need vinyl records anymore, but we definitely still want them. Sure, records take up physical space — there’s no way around that — but the sensation of holding your favorite artist’s best songs in your hands will always beat summoning them from the capacious memory of your computer. On May 4, starting at 4 pm, Jasper52 will auction 188 lots of 45s — the vinyl record format reserved for single songs — from several collectors, including a large group that comes from the estate of a former DJ. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Seemingly every musical genre you can think of is represented in the auction lineup: jazz, blues, country, psychedelic, rock, pop, punk, and more. They date from the 1950s to the 1980s. Many of the records have never touched a turntable, and some have never even been opened. A few, from the estate of the DJ, are signed. All are worth a spin.
Standouts include the David Bowie Fashions picture disc box set, a 10-disc collection of playable vinyl records printed with images of the highly photogenic British rock star, who died in 2016. The set was issued in 1982 by RCA, and each record in it measures seven inches in diameter. Judged to be in mint condition, the box set is estimated at $130-$200.
Also of note is a rare DJ promo set of records by Little Esther Phillips, a versatile, underappreciated American R&B vocalist who performed in the early part of her career with Johnny Otis, and who died at age 48 in 1984. The vinyl records in the group date from the early to mid-1960s and carry condition grades in the good to very good range. It is collectively estimated at $135-$335.
Of course, the Beatles are represented in the auction lineup. The Beatles Singles Collection, estimated at $500-$1,000, was issued in 1982 for the group’s Australian 20th anniversary. None of the 34 records in the set have been played, and they come with a booklet and a box deemed to be in very good condition.
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