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Prince Limited Edition 'Black Album' Sells For More Than $5,000
Prince's 1994 limited edition release, Black Album, has sold for over $5,000, Discog confirmed Monday. Only 50 copies of the album variant were pressed.
According to Discogs, the limited edition numbered grey variant release of the Black Album is the most expensive item sold for January 2018. It sold for $5,332 to be exact. This particular variant of the coveted work came in a white sleeve with the catalog number (1-45793) and without credits. Record company information appeared only on the spine and was numbered #001 to #050
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The Black Album sometimes referred to as The Funk Bible is the 16th studio album recorded by the late musician. It was released on November 22, 1994 through Warner Brothers. The project was originally slated for release on December 8, 1987, as the follow-up to the March 1987 Sign o' the Times. The 1987 promo release had no printed title, artist name, production credits or photography; just an all- black sleeve accompanied the disc. On promotional copies, only a song listing and catalog number—25677—were printed on the disc. Prince ordered the album to be withdrawn a week before its release date, and the album was replaced with the Lovesexy, released in May of 1988.
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Although the project was released in a strictly limited edition and was deleted on January 27, 1995, the album was released exclusively to Tidal in 2016.