BBC is Set to Auction Off Thousands of Rare Vinyl Records

The Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd…

British Broadcasting Corporation, better known as BBC is set to start auctioning off thousands of vinyl records starting the end of January 2024.

As reports go, a total of 442 lots will be sold over the next 18 months through Omega Auctions, with the first auction starting at 9am (British time) on 30th January. The lots for sale vary in size, with some including hundreds of rare recordings.

The reason for the auction lies in the fact that the records being sold are mostly extra copies already found in the BBC’s collection.

There’s a wide mix of music too, including classics from a variety of labels such as Decca, Polydor, Columbia, RCA, and Stax, encompassing a range of genres including jazz, soul, classical, rock, and reggae.

“This does not constitute the entirety of the BBC’s vinyl archive which is very much still intact. This is largely the duplicate copies of LPs – so that collection can be moved and better stored for the future,” Omega Auctions said via Twitter.

Some interesting lots: 

Lot 152 is an original UK stereo LP pressing of David Bowie’s 1969 self-titled album (which later became known as Space Oddity) with a gatefold sleeve.

Lot 153 is described as a “scarce, original UK stereo LP pressing” of Bowie’s 1970’s The Man Who Sold The World with an original ‘dress sleeve’ cover. It also has producer Tony Visconti’s name incorrectly credited as ‘Tonny’ Visconti.

Lot 52 is listed as “a curious selection of 6 LP copies of Please Please Me by The Beatles”, which will certainly attract plenty of attention.

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