Yeah right HERE – $730, which is what the bid is at currently (as of 9.45pm), about €556, and there’s been 35 bids so far and five days to go. Ridiculous eBay auctions for records aren’t rare, but this was something I stumbled across earlier today and was quite taken aback by it. Record collecting can bring out the audacity of some sellers, but of course the bigger fools are those that actually buy the stuff. As the saying goes, if someone’s willing to buy it, someone’s willing to charge for it.
This is the first pressing of Mayhem’s 1987 EP, Deathcrush, a rather monumental release for black metal. This pressing was handled by the label Posercorpse, and has an original run of 1,000. Obviously, it’s used with the cover showing “some wear”.
I’ve hunted down a few ‘rare’ or out of print records but I could never really see the point in shelling out this much money for a record, nor have I understood how some (very few obviously) won’t settle for anything other than a first pressing. Of course, different strokes for diffent folk, I guess. But this Mayhem auction has me wondering is it really worth that much money? Perhaps I don’t know enough about pricing and valuing records, but it strikes me as far too much. Granted, Deathcrush is a benchmark. If I had somehow been in Norway in 1987 and picked up a copy, I would definitely hold onto it for sentimental value, but paying nearly $600 for a second hand copy?
But back to the question, is this record worth that much? Weigh in below and correct me if I’m wrong. Check out the auction HERE.