Prince’s ‘Black Album’ sells for more than $5k on Discogs

Only 50 Copies Of The 1994 Warner Brothers Limited Edition Release Variant Were Pressed

Discogs confirms the Most Expensive Item Sold for January 2018 is the 1994 Warner Brothers limited-edition numbered grey variant release of Prince’s Black Album selling for $5,332 USD. This particular variant of the coveted Prince release came in a white sleeve without title, credits, or performer, with the catalog number (1-45793) and record company information appearing only on the spine and was numbered #001 to #050. Other notable sales – Minor Threat’s 1981 Dischord Records 7″ misprint release In My Eyes at $2,500 USD and Nirvana’s 1988 Sub Pop Singles Club release of “Love Buzz b/w Big Cheese” at $2,483 USD.

There are more than the 50 numbered copies of Prince’s Black Album, according to Discogs Database contributors. The following three variations are known: Repeating numbers or unlabelled copies (probable dropouts from quality control) and some unnumbered copies displayed in the Minneapolis NPG Store. Currently #0002 is for sale in the Discogs Marketplace for over $6,800.

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