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Ordinary records which could have extraordinary prices

If you have a Spice Girls album lurking in a dusty corner of your home or one of the famous Now That's What I Call Music compilations - hang onto them, because they could be worth something.

They are among a list of ordinary records which could have extraordinary prices. The list has been compiled by Record Collector magazine and features the likes of Keane, Blur and Abba. In some cases they could be worth hundreds of pounds.

Cover of 'Now That's What I Call Music 1' Credit: Handout/PA Archive

Often the big money paid by enthusiasts goes on rare acetate copies, cult performers or vinyl versions. But the magazine has decided to highlight mainstream acts which can now command a decent price.

They include releases such as the long-running various artist Now That's What I Call Music albums. Number 35 in the series, released in 1997, can command £80 because at the time of its release few people were buying vinyl copies and it is now scarce.

On the other hand a CD version of Now 4, released in 1984, is valued at £200, because at that time the CD was a novelty.

Vintage Girls Aloud: in 2005 when Long Hot Summer was released Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Also on the list is the Spice Girls' second album Spiceworld, with original vinyl copies fetching around £30 - mainly because the vast majority of sales were on CD.

Other popular acts on the list include:

  • Girls Aloud, for a 12-inch version of Long Hot Summer, valued at £20
  • Dido for a vinyl version of her Life For Rent LP, costing £40
  • A seven-inch copy of Abba's Voulez Vous/Angel Eyes dating from 1979 on red or yellow vinyl may go for £400
Blur win a Brit Award for Top British Artists of the year in 1995 when The Great Escape was released Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

Other big prices include:

  • Keane - Hopes And Fears (£80) - only 1,000 numbered copies were released on vinyl
  • Duran Duran - Lay Lady Lay/Ordinary World/White Lines (£150) - released in Italy with only some 12-inch copies making it to the UK
  • Madness - Baggy Trousers (£75) - most copies of the single had the incorrect songwriting credit and it was changed, removing the name of M Barson, only as the release drifted out of the chart. The correct copies are the valuable ones
  • Blur - The Great Escape LP box set (£70) - although the band were at their chart-topping height at the time, just 2,000 copies of this version were made