Well kids, if you have a spare trust fund laying around and have a “thing” for Velvet Underground records, there’s only 11 hours left before the year’s most absurd acetate auction closes. For sale is a ultra-fucking-rare copy of “the lost Scepter studios recordings,” a 1966 studio effort that was the first “finished” pass at what Warhol gave to Columbia to get ’em signed. You’re obviously curious to hear it … but $155K curious?

Head to eBay to get those bids in! At last check, the price had stalled at a reasonable $155,001.00. So there’s hope for you yet.

The guy who stumbled upon this record, Montreal’s Warren Hill (who happens to be Sunset Rubdown’s roadie), bought the record for 75¢ at a sidewalk sale in Chelsea. Look at him now! Maybe now he can tell Krug to “Rubdown himself, for a change.” 75¢ for a record? Totally understandable. $155K? C’mon, kids. That’s insane!

What’s the most you’ve spent on vinyl? If it’s more than $100,000, you have issues. And we’d also like to be your friend (tips at stereogum dot com). Well, check back here later tonight; we’ll update the post and personally congratulate the highest bidder in a way we see fit. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to eBay bidder mechadaddy, the proud owner of some rare VU vinyl at the bargain basement price of $155,401.00! Here’s hoping the sound quaity is better than the MP3s that of the Scepter studio sessions that are floating around.

Comments (41)
  1. jess  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    umm i know who won’t be recieving the acetate- my boss, martha morrison, (as in, you know sterling’s widow). she actually didn’t even know about the auction until i sent her the link. -i’m just commenting on her flabbergasted behalf. she can’t believe the bids!

  2. jess  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    umm i know who won’t be recieving the acetate- my boss, martha morrison, (as in, you know sterling’s widow). she actually didn’t even know about the auction until i sent her the link. -i’m just commenting on her flabbergasted behalf. she can’t believe the bids!

  3. tk.  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    I hope to god whoever buys this will see fit to let the rest of us listen to it, too.

  4. Alec  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    why would anyone pay that much just to share it with everyone?

  5. tk.  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    Well, not for free. I was thinking more along the lines of it getting officially released somehow or another.

  6. Alec  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    i read an article on the guy who currently owns the record and he looked into having it released. not sure why he didn’t, but i’m with you on having it released.

  7. SamB  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    I thought that was the reason the bids were getting so high? The idea being that you could get the rights and make money on an official release.

  8. HappyHolidays  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    Before the hole E-Bay blow up, the owners made a digital version of the acetate and tried to sell it to a few labels. I
    actually received a e-mail (from a source not to be mentioned)
    with link to go and download the actual MP3 version of the acetate. So, i know none of you have the 100k plus to dish
    out for this, so here you go.


    Happy Holidays From Philadelphia

  9. Alec  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    download is not available. please fix it if you can.

  10. tk.  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    Oh “download limit has been reached for this file”, why do you taunt me so?

  11. Alec  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    happy holidays. we love you.

  12. Please, please please  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    nooo the limit has been reached! re-up?

  13. Juse  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    Y’know how Vincent Vega had to try Mrs. Mia’s milkshake because he just had to find out what a $5 milkshake tasted like? This particular milkshake–though a digital version–is one fucking beautiful scratchy $150K milkshake!!: tastetastetaste.blogspot.com (sendspace.com/file/n6zjcd) *Note: it’s a LONG wait. Go.

  14. joethelion  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    if you look hard enough, you can get the cd-r rip of the acetate online

    either as a 256kbps mp3 or uncompressed flac

  15. Alec  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    joethelion post a link please. i would be eternally grateful.

  16. venus in furs  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    Anyone with a working, reachable link?

  17. I used to collect Misfits and Samhain – I’ve paid up to $2,000 for some of those rarities (you know, the 5 in existence, hand colored by Glenn in his mother’s basement in 1979 stuff).

    These days I collect Murder City Devils vinyl; I just laid down $175 for a sealed copy of “Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts” on Pink vinyl. Oh, and then $165 for a second copy two days later.

  18. tk.  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    Some of the songs can be found here, as well, about halfway down the page:

  19. It’s over $1 million now.

  20. Alec  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    it’s at 2 million. this guy must be shitting his pants.

  21. justin  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    i just saw it at 2 million and its back down after i refreshed it. wonder whats up with that.

  22. Some idiot’s come along with ridiculous bids, what a tosser – riuning the fun for everyone else.

  23. ATP  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    Anyone care to refresh that yousendit link or put another one up if you were lucky enough to get the download?

  24. the joke bids have been removed.

    and stuff paying 200,000 – when you can download it for free!

  25. i’ve had a wee listen now, it’s a bit crackly, but i’d definately pay 75 cents for it…

  26. Ferris  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    Yowza. That’s more money than the Velvet Underground have ever seen before.

  27. Devin  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    I can’t believe this leaked last week and I had no idea! Such a fool I am.

  28. Alec  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    can someone please post a link to help out the less-informed.

  29. don’t worry devin, it’s sounded the same for nearly 40 years, another week won’t have hurt.

  30. steph  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    hey Goblin King. want to help a girl out and give me a link to where it can be downloaded. thanks.

  31. I’ll sell you a copy of my debut record for $100 when it comes out in May. It will be worth it, trust me.


  32. hey steph,

    i used this link from the comments:


    should still work!

  33. Craig  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    The tracks for download online are indeed the same recording– but they’re from the other, scratchy acetate found a while back. These recordings have been available; what’s great about the new acetate is that it’s a pretty clean (release quality) copy.

    So actually, i do hope it gets released, and i can update from my crackly bootleged versions.

  34. Kowalski  |   Posted on Dec 8th, 2006 0

    “and stuff paying 200,000 – when you can download it for free!”

    Well…er….there’s a pretty big difference between downloading mp3′s and actually owning the vinyl.

    Whoever eventually buys this isn’t doing it just to have a listen!

  35. Almonds  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2006 0

    Ok well the auction ended and let me tell you a few things about this that are real from the inside that i know(and no im not an employee of any record company). This guy Warren is a POS. He tried to sell this acetate to the record company who holds the rights. He wanted somewhere in the range of 40,000 and they said they would not give him more than 15,000-20,000 and ya know why? cause that is about all its worth. He then tried to sell it to a couple of bootleg companies and they would not give him what he wanted either. So they got some suckers who think this is worth 155,000 dollars to buy it. I am not so sure the ebay auction ended up kosher. The guy who won never got in to the bidding till the very end and if you look at his ebay history among other things a few months ago he was selling his Interpol vinyl box to pay for the rent deposit on his apt. Now suddenly he has 155,000 dollars to pay for this. A lot of times these guys get their buddies to come on in the end and make the final bid. Then they tell ebay the person flaked out so no sale. Then they email the people below the final bid and tell them they can have it for 100 dollars less or whatever they bid. They do this on the side and then they dont have to pay ebay a cut. Happens all the time. Finally I have heard the cd that Warren sent to the record company from the acetate.Believe me it does not sound much better than what you are all hearing plus i bet he has played it more than once thereby already degrading a far from pristine acetate to start with. I hope whoever pays this ridiculous price is ready to set aside about the same amount if they try to put it out. To pay for the lawyers he is going to need to deal with the lawsuit the record company is just itching and ready to file.I only hope that Lou, John, Moe and Sterling’s family one day see the money that they rightfully should be getting from this. Sad thing is this deal will make every 2 bit moron who claims to be a record collector come out of the woodwork to scour the chelsea flea markets thinking they will find something like this. Anyone who spends time there knows most of the records sold there are worthless crap.

  36. this is all fun and great but,

    is the music actually good?
    not quality, i dont expect it to be anything better then my devo picture disc, (which my dad played once and I in turn played just once. grand total 2 plays :) )
    but i mean, is this the band at the breaking edge of a new sound? Is it worth listening to or have I heard these songs before (not literally heard before , you all know what i mean i hope.)

  37. Yeah, this is for Pat,

    The Velvet Underground invented music in 1966 when they released their debut album.

    Before that there was no music, just the sound of tumbleweed blowing through the desolate black and white austerity of the mid 20th century.

    For xmas this year, why not ask Santa for the VU box set, nearly their whole career on 5cds for a measly $40 (amazon), and be amazed.

  38. Music is a lifestyle to me, but!, you should know that you can save somebody’s life with the money. Anyhow, you want to spend 155k$ to a crap, then you’re insane.

  39. nathan  |   Posted on Dec 9th, 2006 0

    by the by, thanks to everyone who put this stuff and shared it with the world. too bad vu only retains the copyright on it for another scant 16 years. what are they gonna do when this acetate makes buckets of money with its official 2022 rerelease. they’re gonna be so screwed.

    also, asking whether it’s worth the trouble of seeking out and listening to is a perfectly legitimate question. not everyone can retain the pure archaeological and historical framework for rock ‘n roll of david and the goblin king. sirs, i bow to your mighty powers of hyperbole. an, oh yeah, pat, yeah it’s totally worth seeking out.

  40. The original vinyl: $155,000
    Downloading it with Acquisition once it’s inevitably ripped to mp3: literally priceless

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