Easy. For me, it would be a copy of the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” on A&M, the single that pressed up and then ordered destroyed in the five days the band was signed to the label in early 1978.
In the universe of collectible rare records, it’s relatively cheap, too. Copies trade for as low as $8,000 and as high as $25,000.
Another consideration might be the one-of-a-kind acetate featuring Elvis Presley’s very first recording, which sold at auction this year for $300,000.
The Vinyl Factory polled its readers on the same question. The answers are fascinating: a weird Duran Duran pressing from Japan; a test pressing of a jazz record with cover art by Jean Michael Basquiat; that one-of-a-kind Wu Tang album that made the news last year.
The best pick is this: one of the two gold records sent out on the Voyager probes.
Good luck getting your hands on one of those. I just checked and Voyager 1 is 19,488,156,155 kilometres in that direction while Voyager 2 is 16,008,436,892 kilometres over there.
What about you? If money were no object, what one record would you buy? The Velvet Underground single with the sleeve hand-painted by Andy Warhol? The Beatles infamous “butcher cover?” That acetate Paul and George recorded as the Quarrymen in 1958?