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12/31/2012 08:33 am ET

Country Living Appraises Vintage Simon & Garfunkel Record: What's The Worth?

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Vintage Simon & Garfunkel record

Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.

WHAT IS IT?
The folk duo released a second album, Sounds of Silence, in 1966. However, this is not a first edition of that album. The original cover featured text only — no photos of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Later that year, the album was reprinted featuring this image captured by legendary music photographer Guy Webster. The picture appeared on four or five additional versions of the album over the next seven years — none of them particularly rare. In good condition, your example could fetch $100 (assuming the record is playable), but worn edges and markings on the cover's surface decrease the album's worth.

While Simon & Garfunkel record values top out at $200, a rare album by their contemporary Bob Dylan — like The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan with four accidental alternate tracks — can command $20,000.

VALUE = $10

ONE FOR THE MONEY
An original, unopened copy of Sounds of Silence — the cover without a photo — carries a value of $200.

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