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Beatles' "Yesterday and Today" album (1966)

A copy of this album sold for $38,800 in 1996, all because of its so-called butcher cover and pristine condition. The Beatles had posed in white butcher smocks, draped with pieces of meat and parts of plastic dolls. John Lennon insisted that this photo be used for the U.S. album cover. The record was on sale for only one day in limited areas -- and everyone hated the cover. Capitol Records pulled the albums and glued on a more acceptable cover. Usually albums with the butcher cover sell for $150 to $7,500. This one went for much more because it was monaural, sealed and in mint condition [sources: The Guardian and Jahsonic].

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