Collectable LPs by artists like David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and Manic Street Preachers will be included in the ‘white label’ vinyl auction.
National Album Day is set to take place on 12 October and the auction will form part of the week-long build up to the celebrations.
The ‘white label’ auction will take place on 5 October at 11am and will feature around 300 white-label test pressings.
The event will be hosted live onsite/online for UK and international collectors by music memorabilia and vinyl records specialist Omega Auctions from their base in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside.
The auction will also be supported by Record Collector magazine with a wide range of British music being represented.
The records include early sixties and seventies recordings from David Bowie (Decca), The Who (My Generation), Eric Clapton (Slowhand), Dusty Springfield (Dusty Memphis) and The Specials (The Specials, signed).
Contemporary albums include a signed copy of Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project, Liam Gallagher (As You Were), Coldplay (The Butterfly Package, signed), Paul Weller (Stanley Road), Arctic Monkeys (Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino), Kylie Minogue (Step Back in Time), 2019 Mercury Prize shortlisted Foals (Everything Lost Will Not Be Saved Part 1) and Anna Calvi (Hunter) one of this year’s National Album Day ‘album champions’, Mark Ronson (Late Night Feelings).
UK major and independent record labels and companies like Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, BMG, Domino Records, Blue Raincoat Music, Cherry Red, Kobalt, Sour Mash and Ignition have pulled together a selection of white-label LPs with the artist and management support.
The auction will raise funds for the BRIT Trust, which supports education and wellbeing through music.
The final list is still being added to and can be viewed here.
Johnny Chandler, catalogue A&R director, UMC, Universal Music UK, says: ‘It’ll be wonderful if, by auctioning these rarities, we can raise funds to support the amazing work of The BRIT Trust, whilst celebrating the ‘art of the album’ through National Album Day. If all goes to plan I hope as long as interest in vinyl continues, the industry can make this auction a regular event.’
Paul Fairweather, auctioneer, Omega Auctions, adds: ‘Omega are delighted to be able to support this historic auction. We’ve built our success on the continued selling power of the vinyl LP, and we’re excited to be involved in this initiative to champion a format we all love. It’s unprecedented to have a collection of white label titles of this size up for auction and we’re certain that collectors will be as excited as we are when the full catalogue is published.’