I’d like to take advantage of the most recent post here to give a bit of advice regarding eBay and Warhol Cover collecting. Two recent Warhol related covers have sold on eBay for very large amounts of money, when in fact most of that money was wasted. Let me start with the most recent cover on this blog. It is titled Caught From Behind, by M.T.T. Mauro Teho Teardo, an Italian LP from 1988 which features a variation of Warhol’s Double Elvis painting. I have to admit I did not know about this record until it came up on my regular eBay search. It ended up selling for $153.50. Now, you’re all allowed to spend your money any way you see fit, but you should realize that a little more research could have saved you way more than $100 off that cost.
You see, when I see something new show up on eBay that I hadn’t seen before, instead of chasing up the price at the auction, I first do some homework. I know this is revealing some secrets here that have saved me thousands of dollars over the years, but this is a blog dedicated to helping collectors and I hate to see money wasted.
The first thing I do is a google search to see if I can learn more about the record. There may be a link directly to a vinyl seller that has the very same record and is willing to sell it for less money that the eBay auction currently stands. Secondly, I go to two of my standard sources of vinyl records for sale and further information about releases. My favorite is Discogs.com, and my second favorite is Musicstack.com.
After doing a little research and checking out Discogs.com, I found this very same record for sale for $13.99, saving $139.51. You can clearly see how advantageous it is to take some easy steps to make sure you’re not wasting your money.
The other example was the Velvet Underground bootleg, Psychedelic Sounds from the Gymnasium. This debuted on eBay a couple of months ago and fetched,over $400.00. If the bidders had bothered to do their homework, they would have found other copies for sale around the world for less than $40.00. There is still a copy for sale on Discogs for only $30.00.
I hope that this information has been helpful to you all, and I hope to save you some money going forward. Thanks again for reading this blog, and for all your comments and emails.