Rare vinyl records worth $150k taken along with stereo equipment from Castlemaine house – ABC News

Rare vinyl records worth $150k taken along with stereo equipment from Castlemaine house
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A $150,000 collection of rare vinyl records has allegedly been stolen from a regional Victorian house, with police appealing to the public to help locate the extensive collection of rock royalty music. 
Collection pieces from the likes of AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and The Rolling Stones were stolen during a burglary in Castlemaine in September, according to a Victoria Police statement.
Police believe someone broken into the home between September 19 and September 28.
Detectives say a search on social media and in local music shops has proven unhelpful, and they hope a public appeal will reveal the location of the stolen goods or result in the items being handed into police.
Bendigo Vinyl store record shop owner Sam Edmonds said collecting rare vinyl records could take someone years to collect and the victim would feel the loss.
"Obviously AC/DC 1 and 2 [vinyls] are quite rare. That would have been before they really kind of broke big, so not a lot of pressings of those were done," he said.
"That might be stuff that somebody collected as a gig, you know, maybe directly off Angus or Bon or somebody like that.
"There are always stories behind some of those kinds of first editions that are just hard to replace."
Some of the more valuable items included Frank Zappa's limited-edition Beats the Boots box set, Gentle Giant's Unburied Treasure worth as much as $4,000, along with records from Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones.
Online listings showed The Rolling Stones, The Best Years 1963–1970 box set of 12, 12-inch vinyl records sold in Australia for $1,500.
The box set was released in 1982 and included hits such as (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and Get Off of My Cloud, both from '65, and Paint It Black from '66.
Detectives say the stolen cache of rare records and music equipment is worth about $150,000 and includes about 1,000 rare LP records, amplifiers, speaker cables and other stereo equipment.
Local record dealers Bendigo Vinyl and Daylesford Records, the latter of which specialises in rare vinyl, original pressings, and vintage records, each said police had not contacted them about the stolen pieces.
The owner of Mr Vinyl in Castlemaine, Shane Matts, said on social media on Monday that he was yet to be spoken to by police.
"If you google 'records' and 'Castlemaine' I'm at the top of the list and no cop has spoken to me," he wrote.
"None of my record-collecting friends have mentioned this to me over the last four months either.
"I had heard nothing about this before today."
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