So, which are the rarest Warhol covers?

Like most collectors of Andy Warhol’s record cover art, I follow the covers advertised on Ebay. All too often sellers call their object “the rarest Warhol cover”. Niklas L challenged me to make a list of what I considered to be rarest covers. I thought I’d list the Top 20 rare covers. It is, of course impossible to rank them exactly, but here is my first attempt, keeping official releases and bootlegs apart. I hope publishing this list will stimulate readers to criticise and comment.

a. Official releases

No.

Artist

Title

Comment

1

Various Artists

 

Progressive Piano

Rare because it was probably never released. Lithographs of the cover design exist, however.

2

Frank Lovejoy

 

Night Beat

Probably only 1 known copy

3

Andy Warhol

Giant Size $1.57 Each

Available in four colour variations. Black on white background (edition of 75 signed and numbered), black on yellow (edition of 75 unsigned, unnumbered), Black on green (edition of 75 unsigned, unnumbered) and black on red (edition of 75 unsigned, unnumbered)

4

Century Symphony Orchestra

Waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr.

 

5

Ultra Violet

 

Ultra Violet

Most copies seem to be cut-outs

6

CBS Radio show

 

The Nation’s Nightmare

Possibly 2 colour variants, one brown and one more grey.

7

Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops

Boston Pops Latin Rhythm

 

8

Johnny Griffin

The Congregation

Original Blue Note LP

9

Jan Smeterlin

Chopin Nocturnes (Complete)

2 LP set in slip case

9a

Jan Smeterlin

Chopin Nocturnes (vol 1)

Single LP

9b

Jan Smeterlin

Chopin Nocturnes (vol 2)

Single LP

10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4 Divertimenti

 

11

RATFAB

 

Det brinner en eld / Mörka ögon

Sweden only single

12

John Wallowitch

 

Another Side of John Wallowitch

His first album is easier to find

13

Walter Steding & The Dragon People

The Joke / Chase the Dragon

 

14

Cool Gabriels

 

Cool Gabriels

 

15

Moondog

 

Story of Moondog

Original on Blue Note

16

J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding & Bennie Green

Trombone by Three

16 RPM version on Prestige

17

Margarita Madrigal

Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish

More valuable with the book

18

Various Artists

MTV – High Prority

The version with yellow shading to the MTV logo

19

Velvet Underground & Nico

Velvet Underground & Nico

Original ”Torso” back cover

19a

Velvet Underground & Nico

Velvet Underground & Nico

”Torso” cover with black sticker

20

Art Gallery of Toronto

Cronenberg on Warhol

Limited edition CD – 2 copies have surfaced to date.

21

Jeanne Moreau & Günther Kaufmann

Each Man Kills the One He Loves / Young and Joyful Bandit

7” single

 

 

Bootlegs

 

No

Artist

Title

Comment

1

Rolling Stones

Emotional Tattoo

Some copies have orange vinyl

2

Velvet Underground

Screen Test: Falling in Love With the Falling Spikes

There are three colour variants of this release: one with a blue flower, one with a black and white cover and a re-release with a red cover

3

Velvet Underground

Orange Disaster

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “So, which are the rarest Warhol covers?”

  1. Fun to see you accepted the challenge Richard, and it’s a good list i think. I would rank both Ratfab and Steding above Notcurnes though. At least above the single LP’s, i don’t know if i’ve ever seen them sell as a boxed set.

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