A rare and early White Stripes single from 1998, called Lafayette Blues, has today sold at an auction for AUD$18,316. If that seems high then consider this: There were only 15 copies ever made, and the artwork on the cover of the ’98 singles were alternately handpainted by either Jack White and Dave Buick (label manager).
Originally sold for about AUD$6, this one went for a phenomenal price – even though it was one handpainted by Buick. Previously, two other copies were sold for AUD$802 in 2003 and AUD$2,730 in 2004.
But if you thought that was an impressive return on investment, maybe you should look inside your couch. According to Jack White, he hid about 100 copies of an early EP from his band called The Upholsterers (pre White Stripes) inside furniture he worked on when doing time as an upholstering apprentice.
No one has ever reported to have found one, so is it fact or fiction? Seems like it could be worth a rip or two in your nanna couch to find out…