Suitable for Framing



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The album cover as we know it dates to 1938, when Columbia Records art director Alex Steinweiss thought audiences might be more willing to buy records if there was a visual element to draw them in, rather than just the previously used plain-brown wrapper.

Since then, the square format has attracted the talents of Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, R. Crumb, Richard Avedon, and Robert Mapplethorpe, to name a few.

That’s good news for audiophiles who also have bare walls. Album covers — as accessible as the basement vinyl stash or on eBay — make for appealing interior art. Prices on eBay range from less than $5 to more than $1,000. Just add frames.

Hour Media Publications

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