Did you know? The first vinyl record was produced in 1931 and featured the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Fifth. That same year RCA Victor introduced the vinyl 33 1/3 RPM LP. Unfortunately the idea fell flat on its face landing right in the middle of the Great Depression. Seventeen years later, Columbia Records produced the first commercially available 33 1/3 LP. This time the idea stuck! Records have continued to rapidly evolve in quality, variety, availability and public appeal (multicolored, glow in the dark and glitter records are just a few of the innovative ideas that have hit the market)! Collectors of vinyl can be found in every nook and cranny worldwide. An unnamed billionaire in Brazil has over six million records in his personal collection! As far as collectible value of vinyl goes, it depends on a plethora of factors such as condition, rarity, sound quality and the record’s subject. The most expensive record ever sold is a 2015 album by Wu-Tang Clan: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin (only one copy exists). The buyer paid a staggering $2 million. Undoubtedly the most renowned vinyl, on or off the Earth, are the two copper record albums that rode along on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts. Musical selections from different cultures as well as greetings from Earth in fifty-five languages were included on the records!
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