From Broadway World:
Longtime Blues record collector and expert John Tefteller was the winning bidder at $37,100.00 for a super rare Blues 78 rpm record by Blues legend Tommy Johnson. This is highest price ever paid for a single 78 rpm Blues record and one of the highest prices ever paid for ANY record.
Bidding, on internet auction site eBay, was hot and heavy for the record, and stood at $16,800 until the final seconds when the price shot up to just over $37,000.00
The record, Tommy Johnson on the Paramount label from 1930, is one of only two known and verified copies. All other copies of this disc are presumed lost or destroyed. The two songs on this record “Alcohol And Jake Blues” and “Ridin’ Horse” are considered masterpieces of the genre and Johnson is one of the Top Five legendary figures in early recorded Blues music, right along side Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Skip James and Son House.
Tefteller, who has been collecting rare Blues records for over 40 years, already owns the only other known copy and has released the songs previously on one of his Classic Blues Artwork From The 1920’s Calendar series…but this newly verified record is in vastly better condition than the other one and Tefteller says he “just had to have it.” His original copy will be sold to help offset the cost of this new one and he says he is “going to remaster and re-release this new copy for his 2015 Blues Calendar release. The Calendars come with a 20 to 24 track CD that is included free with each Calendar.
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