£500 for rare 60s Dowliners album

Wiltshire Business Online:

10:15am Thursday 27th November 2014

A rare album by 60s rhythm and blues band The Downliners Sect sent a collection of vinyl LPs spinning towards a £500 hammer price at a recent antiques action in the Cotswolds. At Moore Allen & Innocent’s general sale on Friday, November 21, the collection made £480 – thanks mainly to the inclusion of the 1964 album The Sect, which retails at around £175. The Downliners Sect formed in 1963 after the former Downliners - named after a Jerry Lee Lewis band - split up. Originally their sound was similar to The Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones, although they modified they adopted a folksier sound for 1965’s The Country Sect and ramped up the volume for The Rock Sect, released the following year. Alongside the rarity, the collection – which was bought by a local enthusiast – contained a good smattering of records by The Beatles, Jethro Tull, JJ Cale, Steeleye Span and Eric Clapton, alongside one more rare import – the US version of Psychedelic Lollipop by Blue Magoos. Auctioneer Philip Allwood said: “In these days of CDs and MP3s, many people have vinyl records gathering dust in the attic. The temptation is to leave them there, or to take them to a charity shop, but its always ways looking through to see if you have any rare records in your collection, as they can make a lot of money at auction.” In all, it was one of the most successful general sales of the year, with £60,000 of antiques being bought and sold. The next sale – the final one of the year – is the much anticipated auction of antique toys and vintage wines on Friday, December 12. For an online catalogue, log on to www.mooreallen.co.uk

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