An obscure promo single becomes the most expensive record ever sold on Discogs

Even the artist himself is puzzled

As New Musical Express reports, “Choose Your Weapon” by Scaramanga Silk, who has just seven listeners a month on Spotify, was recently, bizarrely, snapped up on Discogs, making it the site’s most expensive record ever. The promo single by this practically unknown producer sold for over $41,000. The track was self-released in 2008, as a promotional vinyl edition with an accompanying poem, art print, and CD.

Both Silk and Discogs were puzzled by this sale. “It is very difficult to understand why the release went for that kind of money, as I do not believe that any record is worthy of such a valuation,” Silk told the site, who earned nothing from the sale. “The individual who made the purchase must have had some kind of special connection to the work too … It means a lot that ‘Choose Your Weapon’ is so special to somebody.”

For its part, Discogs said that “by several accounts, the release drew attention from collectors shortly after it dropped [in 2008] when it sold on eBay for $654. How that price tag sky-rocketed to over $40,000 remains a mystery.”

Silk said the track, which is not available to stream online, “combined elements of breakbeat, electro, and UK rave,” and was influenced by The Prodigy, Drexciya, DJ Hell, and Dopplereffekt.

This sale overtakes the previous Discogs record of $27,500 set for Prince‘s The Black Album. The 1987 LP was deleted by the late singer before it went on sale.

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