It's probably the ultimate dream of every vinyl-collecting, rummage-sale scrabbler out there.
You're looking through a box of records on some sidewalk in a big city. You find some good stuff, a Leadbelly 10", a Modern Lovers record, and then there's this one. It's old, the label is yellowed, and it reads "Velvet Underground. 4-25-66. Att N. Dolph". It's mysterious. You pay $2.25 for all three.
Once you get it home, you get another record collector friend on the blower to tell him about your find. After much research and digging around, you come to realize that what you have purchased for less than the price of a cup of coffee is arguably one of the most important "lost" music recordings out there: the "first 'finished' version of the LP that Andy Warhol had shopped to Columbia as a ready-to-release debut album by his protege collective 'The Velvet Underground'." And the only known surviving copy, at that.
This 1966 acetate LP (which Columbia passed on) is now up for sale on Ebay.
Anyone care to guess what the final bid will be?