A few More For the $1,000 Bin, Courtesy of JRC

As we expected, several of the items from the Jazz Record Center auction sold for well more than $1,000. Here’s the rundown of the ones we were watching:

Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus, Prestige 7079. This was an original New York pressing. On further inspection, this copy looks to be in M- condition, both record and cover. The final price was $1,492.

Sonny Rollins Volume One, Blue Note 1542. This was also an original pressing — Lexington Avenue on both sides. The record was M- and the cover looked to be VG++. The final price was $1,281.

Hank Mobley, Soul Station, Blue Note 4031. This one also seemed to be in M- condition, both record and cover. The final price was  $1,259.

In addition to these for the $1,000 bin, there is also this one from Jazz Record Center:

Lee Morgan, Indeed, Blue Note 1538. This one is closing later today and is already priced at more than $1,500. Perhaps this one will cross the rarified $2,000 threshold?


  • waaaaooooouuuh !!! the rarified 2000 threshold has been crossed ! 1400 + and still some hours !

  • $2927!!!

    Pretty rare indeed.

    Do we have a ranking on the mose paid for jazz records on eBay?

  • We don’t have a formal ranking, but what you can do — which I find to be a lot of fun — is go to the Jazz Collector Price Guide and click where it says View The Complete List Price Guide and then do a sort based on highest prices first. This will give you all of the 4,000 records we have in our Price Guide ranked from highest priced to lowest price. If you do that, you’ll see that the highest price we have is a copy of Sonny Clark’s Cool Struttin’ that sold for $3,750. I’m sure that’s not the highest price we’ve seen on eBay, but we did take a couple of years off and we also don’t obsessively track everything. It’s a fun way to look at the market and see which records keep popping up in the high-end price categories.

  • I remember two Blue Notes that crossed the 4000 fence :

    One was a Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims from Jazz5060 which sold for around 5500. Another was a MObley 5066 from Euclidrecords that went for 4200 or 4400.

  • Rudolf A. Flinterman

    I seem to remember the same thing. Am not quite sure about Hipp, whether it was the one recorded in Germany with Joki Freund – 5056 or the one with Zoot on 12″ BLP 1530.
    I think I saw the Mobley even go for $ 5200! There is some logic in it, since this one was never re-issued on 12″, except on Mosaic, but that, of course, is another kettle of fish.

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