Crowdsourced database and music marketplace website Discogs just got its most expensive sale of all time. After the record for most expensive sale via the marketplace was set earliest this year with a rare first-pressing copy of David Bowie’s self-titled album (aka Space Oddity), a new record has been set with an ultra-rare 1987 promo copy of Prince’s The Black Album, which only saw release in 1994. Prince decided to shelve the album in 1987, but it resurfaced years later.
The album was initially supposed to come out in 1987 to follow-up Sign o the Times, but instead Prince released Lovesexy as the follow-up the next year. Because of the last minute nature of Prince’s decision to shelve the record for the time being, promo copies of The Black Album were sent to numerous clubs and DJs. Prince ordered that promos of the album were to be destroyed, although some managed to survive. In other words, this double 12″ promo version of The Black Album is about as rare as an edition of an album can get.
The copy of David Bowie’s self-titled album that initially set the site’s sales record sold for $6,826, while the promo copy of The Black Album sold for $15,000. Discogs proudly announced the news on their blog, detailing the troubled release of The Black Album in detail and why this promo copy is so goddamn rare.
Check out more details about the rare vinyl here.