Considering that pressing numbers 0000001 through 0000004 were given directly to the members of The Beatles, that would make the alleged copy number 0000005 of the Beatles' White Album that is up for sale on eBay the earliest possible public edition. Widely held to be one of the most influential albums of all-time, number 0000005 was recently given the number one position in the "200 Rarest Records of All Time" by Record Collector magazine.
While we can't speak for the seller's authenticity, his story seems legit. Listed on eBay as agm67, he has a 5-star rating and claims this is how the record ended up on the site:
"Some years ago, this album was taken into the collectors shop named Vinyl Revival Records in Newbury, Berkshire, England by a musician (they did not disclose who) who had visited John in the flat that he shared with Yoko in late 1968 (that was owned by Ringo) at 34 Montague Square, Marylebone, London W.1. The musician saw a pile of White Albums on a table and asked for one. John readily agreed, but said 'Don't take No.1 -- I want that.' Instead he took No. 5'.
The album then passed into the hands of Beatles specialist dealer Good Humour who then sold it to its current owner who has now commissioned me to sell it on his behalf."
This unique copy is also a mono first pressing on the dark green Apple labels PMC 7067 and PMC 7068. All labels carry the "Sold in UK" texts but omit the "An EMI Recording" text found on later editions. The copies are said to be "100% complete sets" with both its matte black die-cut inner-sleeves, 4 color portrait photos, matte UK printed poster and white paper photo spacer. Having been posted today, the bid currently stands at Â£1,070.00 and won't close until shortly before 10pm on November 23. So you still have plenty of time to make your bid.
Although commonly known as The White Album, the record was officially The Beatles self-titled album and November 22 will mark the forty-year anniversary of the release of the 19 times platinum-selling classic.