Velvet Underground and Nico acetate offered at Heritage

An early US version of the seminal Velvet Underground and Nico album is among the headline lots of a sale at Heritage Auctions.

The auction will take place in New York on September 19-20.

The lot is one of only two known acetate copies of the album and was submitted to Columbia Records in 1966. It was recorded at Scepter Studios in New York.

Velvet Underground record
The Velvet Underground recorded the acetate in 1966

Andy Warhol, the band's manager, had decided to simply record the album before it was signed to a label in order to minimise record company interference.

The auction house comments: "The Scepter Acetate offered here is reputed to be the better of only two known copies (the other is believed to be in the possession of Velvets' drummer, Moe Tucker).

"It was found by chance at a New York City street sale in 2004 where it changed hands for 75 cents."

Many of the songs on the record differ dramatically from the released version in terms of mixing and composition.

While there is no estimate available for the lot, it was last sold for $25,200 in 2006. It's a key piece of rock and roll history and is likely to significantly exceed its last sale price.

You can check out all our music memorabilia for sale here.

Please sign up to our free newsletter to receive exciting news about music memorabilia auctions.

Featured products

Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Sale price£399
In stock
Fidel Castro signed certificateFidel Castro Signed Certificate
Fidel Castro signed certificate
Sale price£2,995
In stock
King Henry VIII Autographed DocumentKing Henry VIII Autographed Document
King Henry VIII Autographed Document
Sale price£55,000
In stock