Widow sells husband's 50,000 records for £1 EACH with some worth £2000

Fed-up widow sells off husband’s hoard of 50,000 records for £1 EACH so she can finally move home – despite some LPs worth up to £2,000

  • John Peel , from Ramsey in the Isle of Man, spent his life collecting the vinyls
  • He died in 2017 and now wife Rhona is selling the albums so she can move house 
  • His daughter Julie will sell the records from her home until they are all gone 

A staggering collection of over 50,000 vinyl records is being sold by the family of a late collector  

John Peel, from Ramsey in the Isle of Man, amassed the huge hoard of LPs over decades.

Mr Peel spent a lifetime collecting music records and box sets and bought over 50,000 vinyls at record shops, auctions and car boot sales.

John Peel, from Ramsey in the Isle of Man, spent decades collecting 55,000 LPs. His wife Rhona, left, has decided to sell them so she can move house

He died in 2017 and they were left to his heartbroken family who have now decided to sell so his widow Rhona can move house.

His daughter Julie Mattin said that she will sell each record for just a quid – even though some are worth up to £2,000.

The collection features music from a broad range genres and also includes TT race coverage, radio promo discs and television and film soundtracks.

Julie said: ‘Basically, we don’t want these anymore.

‘I would love it if somebody walked in here and found a record they have always wanted.

Daughter Julie Mattin, left, said she would love it if someone got as much pleasure from the records as her dad did

‘Whether it is worth 1p or a couple of hundred pounds, they will be able to buy it here for £1.

‘I want people to have as much pleasure out of these records as my dad did.’

Hundreds of music lovers were able to sniff out a bargain at Julie’s house when she put the whopping collection of LPs on sale at the weekend.

And she insists she will keep hosting the open house events until all the records have been sold.

The family are selling the albums for £1 despite some records being worth about £2,000

Julie has organised the records in alphabetical order, from Abba to ZZ Top, and has a separate shelf for films, including box office hits ET and Grease.

She added: ‘We lost count of the people but we sold around 2500 records.

‘It was mad but also amazing. Everyone was so respectful to mum and she had a great day.

‘However, there are plenty more boxes of records to go through and I have just put another 1000 albums on the shelves, including some white labels. 

‘People have asked me if I have any ska records, I have no idea what a ska record is.

‘I’ve had a lot of people send me messages saying I need to go through the records because there could be some that are worth money.

‘I know there are records that are worth money in here, I’ve found one that was worth about £2,000.

‘That’s not what this is about. This is about reducing it so that mum can move house.’

Julie is selling the records at her house at the weekend and will keep hosting the open house events until all the records have been sold

Mr Peel shared the same name as the famed Radio 1 DJ, who also had a staggering music collection that was so prized the British Museum considered housing it to preserve it for future generations.

The legendary broadcaster stored around 25,000 vinyl albums at his home library in Suffolk.

Wirral-born John Peel, who died in 2004, was a champion of new music during nearly four decades as a DJ on BBC Radio 1.

His collection also included 40,000 vinyl singles, as well as CDs. 

Famed Radio 1 DJ John Peel, pictured, who died in 2004 also had a staggering music collection, storing around 25,000 vinyl albums at his home library in Suffolk

The 10 most expensive vinyl records ever sold

1. Wu-Tang Clan: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin – $2 million

It was limited to a single album sold in 2015. The record comes with a contract saying the buyer may not attempt to sell or make money from the record for 100 years, although they may release the album for free. 

2. The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) – $790,000

The first pressing of the ‘0000001’ mono copy of the 1968 album. It was owned by Ringo Starr and sold in 2015.  

3. Elvis Presley: ‘My Happiness’ – $300,000

Singer and producer Jack White bought the test pressing of Elvis Presley’s first ever recording at auction in December 2015. 

4. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – $290,000

This copy was signed by all four Beatles and sold at auction in 2013 for nearly 10 times its estimated amount.

5. John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy – $150,000

It sold in 1999 and was signed by Lennon just hours before he died. It may be the last record the musician ever signed. 

6. The Beatles: Yesterday & Today – $125,000

A rare Beatles compilation from 1966, released only in North America initially and then later in Japan, but not in the UK or Europe. It sold at auction in February 2013.

7. The Beatles: ‘Til There Was You’ – £77,500

The record was found in the attic of Les Maguire who had come into possession of the record during his time as keyboardist for Gerry and The Pacemakers. It sold in March 2016.

8. Aphex Twin: Caustic Window – $46,300

Minecraft inventor Markus ‘Notch’ Persson bought this album as he wanted to spend his money on a rare record by one of his favourite artists. 

9. Tommy Johnson: ‘Alcohol and Jake Blues’ – $37,100

The buyer already owned a copy of the same record, but explained that the one he bought at auction was in much better condition and it was worth it since the master tapes had been destroyed. 

10. Frank Wilson: ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – £25,742 

Only 250 demo copies of this single were ever pressed, and of those only around five are reported to have survived when the rest were destroyed by Motown boss Berry Gordy. 

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