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Beatles Record Player Sells for Over $12,000

Beatles Record Player

Vinyl enthusiasts regularly drop thousands of dollars on stereo equipment so they can experience the purest possible sound, but one hardcore Beatles fan just invested more than $12,000 in a remarkably rare turntable that will probably never even be used.

WhatSellsBest reports that a 1964 NEMS Beatles Record Player, offered in near-mint condition with all its original parts intact, was recently offered by a well-known memorabilia dealer on eBay with a starting price of 99 cents. Twenty-nine bids later, the turntable found its new home — at a final price of $12,100.

As the article points out, these record players were one of the earliest pieces of licensed Beatles merchandise — and given that they were manufactured in a limited run of 5,000, it’s extremely rare to find one that’s been this well-preserved. The player’s vendor acknowledged as much in the listing, which read in part, “Folks, this one is it! The winner of the all time best record player I have ever offered for sale, and it even edges the one I owned myself in 1982, which before now… Held the title!”

Once again, it just goes to show you that it’s worth hanging onto tie-in products inspired by your favorite bands — and who knows? If your kids bring home, say, a One Direction mp3 player, maybe it’ll end up helping pay for a nice vacation someday.

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