The White Label Auction in Aid of The BRIT Trust held last week on 5th May raised an astounding total of £33,920.40 for The BRIT Trust – the music industry charity that supports a wide range of causes that promote education and wellbeing through music, such as The BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins music therapy among others.
Each of the 115 lots of various ‘white label’ LP test pressings, many of them signed or personalised by the artists in some way, typically went for hundreds of pounds, with seven lots commanding four-figure sums.
With just a handful of white label test pressings produced by record labels ahead of the full release of a new album, these first-off-the-press copies typically go to artists and to archive, and are highly prized by collectors.
The UK’s major and independent record labels and their artists led by Universal Music UK, BMG, Cherry Red, EMI, Heavenly Records, Island Records, Polydor Records, Sony Music Entertainment UK, and Warner Music UK, among others, joined forces to donate the items.
The highest price paid in the auction hosted by the music memorabilia and vinyl records specialists Omega Auctions was £2,700 for a set of two test-pressings of The Cure albums – Japanese Whispers and Seventeen Seconds – with the former signed by Robert Smith, who for good measure annotated it with the words “bring three and fourpence”.
Other lots included test-pressings by artists ranging from The Who, The Kinks, Paul Weller, Blondie, UB40, and The Mission to Soul II Soul, Beastie Boys, KT Tunstall, and Neneh Cherry, with the final lot to go under the hammer.
The complete list of titles/bids can be found on the Omega Auctions website here.
Originally published by Nordoff Robbins: Source