The worlds rarest record, Darrell Banks’ Open the Door to Your Heart, sold at auction overnight for £14,543.
Whilst not coming close to the most expensive single ever sold, interest in the auction still managed to crash the Raresoulman.co.uk website which was hosting the action.
The London Records pressing of the 45 has Open the Door to Your Heart as the A side and Our Love as the B side and is thought to be the only copy left in existence.
In 1966 London Records lost a battle with rival label EMI for the right to release the single. As a consequence all copies of the London Records pressing were ordered destroyed. This is thought to be the only surviving copy.
The record for the most expensive single ever sold is Frank Wilson’s Do I Love You, which sold for £25,742 back in 2009. Do I Love You was also ordered destroyed by record label Motown after Wilson, who was reportedly unhappy with the single, asked for it not to be released. There is now thought to be only two remaining copies.