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Obscure 2008 Breakbeat Vinyl Breaks Discogs Sale Record
Christian Eede , February 3rd, 2021 18:14

Scaramanga Silk's 'Choose Your Weapon' has become the most expensive record ever sold via the online music marketplace

A little-known record by a virtually unknown British electronic music producer has sold for over $41,000 on the music marketplace Discogs, making it the platform's most expensive record ever.

Choose Your Weapon by London-based Scaramanga Silk was self-released in 2008 with only 20 copies being made of the particular edition that fetched $41,095. The sale, which was made by an anonymous bidder, took place in December. The listing read: "Mega-rare collectible. Unplayed, Mint Condition. Numbered 02 / 20. Contains info sheet, signed record, signed art print."

The record has only been added to five Discogs users' wantlist, while only three users have added it to their collections. As Discogs notes in a blog on the sale, the record clearly drew some attention from collectors shortly after its initial release when it sold on eBay for $654, but it's unknown just what has caused the valuation to skyrocket so heavily since.

The producer told Discogs that the tracks on Choose Your Weapon were "created in a style that combined elements of breakbeat, electro, and UK rave," adding that he was "influenced by artists such as The Prodigy, Drexciya, DJ Hell and Dopplereffekt."

Speaking about the sale, Scaramanga Silk said: "It is very difficult to understand why the release went for that kind of money as I do not believe that any record is worthy of such a valuation. You imagine that the highly limited edition nature of it would have been a major factor. The individual who made the purchase must have had some kind of special connection to the work too. There was a buzz around the record in 2008.

"It means a lot that Choose Your Weapon is so special to somebody. However, it is disappointing to see a promotional item reach such prices in the resale market when the artist sees no remuneration at all. Second-hand trading of records in this way seems to overly favour sellers rather than musicians or record buyers. Fortunately, as technology has evolved, more and more ways of accessing music now exist, giving greater choice."