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What are some of the rarest LP records?

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Some of the rarest LP records include The Rolling Stones' "Promotional Album," the mono version of "Sticky Fingers," and a promotional version of "Their Satanic Majesties Request," an alternative cover release of Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin," an alternative cover release of David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" and a withdrawn release version of Bob Dylan's "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan." Other valuable records include a copy of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" printed on orange vinyl and a release of Depeche Mode's "Music for the Masses" with a withdrawn cover.

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There are many valuable versions of Rolling Stones records due to the fact that the band released many promotional LP versions of their albums. The "Promotional Album" was printed solely for promotional purposes, so only 200 copies were made. Its value is estimated at 2,000 British pounds as of 2015. The band also released promotional issues of "Her Satanic Majesties Request" and "Sticky Fingers," which can reach prices between $2,000 and $4,000.

Led Zeppelin's debut album release included an alternate cover with turquoise lettering. There are only a few in existence, so the record can fetch prices well into the thousands.

David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" also had an alternate cover upon its original release. The alternate version has a gatefold with a rather graphic depiction of dog genitalia. Bowie's label, RCA, pulled the cover and censored it, so only a few of the original covers were released.

The original planned release of Bob Dylan's second album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," included four additional tracks that were pulled from the final release. The label withdrew the initial release and removed the tracks, but a few copies of the original were still printed. The record can fetch prices between $20,000 and $30,000.

Pink Floyd issued a special release of "The Wall" printed on orange vinyl. Only 800 copies of the limited edition record were printed.

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