It’s safe to say that cassettes will never regain their place as a staple within the music industry. Yet that’s not really the point of buying a tape. Sure one may want to listen to it, but having the music in a physical form is something that is attracting due to the tangible nature of the product.
Discogs, which aims to build the biggest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace, has released a report of the most expensive tapes sold through the service (on their site).
It has shared a list covering the 100 most expensive records bought on its site in the UK and the US.
The top seller is a promo cassette released by Warner for The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) The Versace Experience – Prelude 2 Gold. The most expensive cassette on this list was sold for well over $4,000.
The tape record was previously held by Throbbing Gristle’s 26-volume box set which sold for $2,200 in October 2014.
It was a cassette of unreleased material given out to attendees of the Paris Fashion show for Versace in 1995 and was recently re-released for the first time on Record Store Day 2019.
Though the cassette was essentially a promo tool for the upcoming album The Gold Experience, the limited tape is unique in that it features remixed/edited versions of tracks, along with assorted odds and ends, that can’t be heard anywhere else.
On August 29 last year, the tape made its debut on the Discogs marketplace. It went for $4,087 and was the most expensive item sold on Discogs that month.
The previous sales record, and the last cassette release to take the lead slot in the site’s monthly Top 30, was a 26 volume Throbbing Gristle box set back in October of 2014, which sold for $2,200.
Four in the top 10 are obscure compilations of songs, while Madonna’s complete collection rounds out the top 10 at $1,500. See the full list here.