Prince ‘The Black Album’ resurfaces for $40k

One of five sealed copies discovered in Dec 2017 resurfaces on Discogs

Twenty-four years to the day that Prince reportedly signed an agreement allowing Warner Bros. Records to officially release The Black Album, one of the original US pressings surfaces in the Discogs Marketplace priced at $40,000. Initially purchased from the December 2017 discovery lot that increased the known copies from three to eight worldwide, The Black Album is still one of the rarest vinyl albums in existence. A US variant of The Black Album sold via the Discogs Marketplace in April 2016 for $15,000 and more recently in February 2018 for a reported $42,000 via music historian and record dealer Jeff Gold of Recordmecca.

“We were thrilled to land a copy of Prince’s The Black Album earlier this year and are equally excited to get it in the hands of a Prince collector that understand the importance of this Prince rarety,” states Josey Records’ Luke Sardelle. “We’ve been using Discogs since opening our Dallas flagship in 2014, and they’ve been instrumental in Josey Records reaching a customer base that we wouldn’t reach through our retail locations which is why we’re using Discogs today for this incredibly special release.”

Scheduled for release by Warner Bros. Records on December 8, 1987, Prince canceled The Black Album one week before its release date, and subsequently, more than 500,000 copies were destroyed. Only eight U.S. original vinyl copies have surfaced in the 30 years since, and now a single Canadian copy surfaces.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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