“Fake” Blackstar?, Proceed with caution.

22 01 2016

Here’s a thought about David Bowie’s Blackstar, The clear vinyl version sold out across the planet in a remarkably short space of time, bought on by his death which shocked a great many of us.

Like any artist’s art, it can reach its highest price after the artists death, and while some see this as a bit grim, it’s human nature I think, I’m sure Bowie knew it was going to happen too, in fact he joked about an earlier album “Reality” reaching #1 if he were to jump off the side of a huge ship in Sydney Harbour, which he could see from the window where he was being interviewed at the time.

Anyway, let’s throw the cat among the pigeons, shall we?

First of all, there were 5000 copies of the record, technically it is NOT rare, despite people on Ebay suggesting that it is, However I suppose if a million people want it, then perhaps it is.

The version sold at the David Bowie website was the real collectors item, mostly because it may have come with lithographs, which were not packed inside the record, but were posted out separately to those who had pre-ordered as far back as November last year.

However, people being people not being quite as nerdy as most record collectors, knew that it was the clear vinyl version of Blackstar which was the thing to have, so it’s a case of “near enough, good enough, “.

The clear versions were exclusive to Barnes and Noble, as well as selected record chains around the World, such as JB-HiFi here in Australia.

The website version is selling on Ebay for about $1000, while the exclusives are going for about $700 (Australian).

The differences between the versions are very small, basically a sticker and (possibly) a cat number.

Other than that, the contents are identical.

So if the one with the sticker is $200 – $ 400 less than the other version… couldn’t we just rip off the shrink wrap and replace it with a clean one?

Shrink wrap for records can be bought on Ebay.

The only other stickers on the wrap include a barcode and a recycling sticker, which I think could be faked fairly easily.

What if they supplied the receipt? cool, but couldn’t that be faked too? A photo of the record’s cat number might help, but I’m not sure there either.

So, My thoughts would be that if you were to buy a record that is clearly one of the exclusives, then at the very least you are getting the real thing, and saving yourself some cash.

Please note: I’m not saying it has happened, but it could.

  • Records from Music On Vinyl generally come in a much better outer sleeve and always have a difficult to copy sticker on the top corner, I would like to see other record companies adopt this idea, especially for collectibles.


Wolfie Rankin.






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