Beatles rare 'White Album' for sale on eBay

Embossed title, stamped serial number
Embossed title, stamped serial number

The Beatles 'White Album' has sold over 19 million copies. So how can it be 'rare'? Because the one currently for sale on eBay is serial number 0000005, that's why.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr snatched up numbered copies 0000001 to 0000004, and no telling when, if ever, they'll make it onto the market.

No. 0000005 is quite a treasure. Record Collector magazine ranked this 1968 mono double LP as Number 1 in its list of the 200 Rarest Records Of All Time.

This is as close to the Holy Grail as you're going to get.

On 22 November it will be exactly 40 years ago since The Beatles released, er, The Beatles (that's its official title), so it's somehow prophetic that this most sought-after pressing is up for grabs.

What's its condition?

Cover, labels, poster, audio, inner sleeves - all are ranked from 'Very Good Plus' to 'Near Mint,' so this is as close to the Holy Grail as you're going to get.

The price?

As of press time, the bidding is at £1070 (approx. $1600), but with nine days before the hammer comes down, there's no telling how much this baby's going to fetch.

Whether you're a card-carrying Beatlemaniac (like many of us) or simply a collector who knows a good investment when he sees it, this is one 'White' sale you can't pass up.

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.