“It’s completely irrational”, the rockambolic vinyl madness takes place during an exceptional auction

“It’s completely irrational”, the rockambolic vinyl madness takes place during an exceptional auction
“It’s completely irrational”, the rockambolic vinyl madness takes place during an exceptional auction

Some of the 20,000 vinyls from the former Rennes record store Rockin’Ronnie were on sale at auction this Monday, April 29, 2024. The many collectors who made the trip testify to the timeless craze for vinyl.

860 euros for a Beatles album from 1964 or even a complete Brassens album at 2,000 euros. The auctions which were held this Monday, April 29, 2024, in Rennes, attracted many vinyl lovers.

178 lots were offered for sale, a first best of 20,000 vinyl records from Ronnie Lucas, aka Rockin’Ronnie, a famous Rennes record dealer and man with many “rockambolesque” lives.

The report by Gilles Le Morvan and Bruno Van Wassenhove:




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A report by Gilles Le Morvan and Bruno Van Wassenhove



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“There are 1,000 and one ways to listen to music but my favorite is the sound of 45s in the vinyl jukebox.” Frédéric left the sale with two 45 rpm records. As with almost everyone here, vinyl is unbeatable, the holy grail, when it comes to listening to music.

“It’s completely irrational. develops Loïc, a collector from Lomener in Morbihan. We put all our childhood memories there. And then the object itself is interesting.”

TO READ : PORTRAIT. He sells vinyls in an old gas station in Monts d’Arrée

A fashion that lasts and continues in the Breton capital. “Rennes has benefited from very well-known record stores like Rockin’Ronnie, explains Seb, a new generation Rennes record store who rightly bet on the inexhaustible success of the little black cakes. People have always been attached to vinyls here. Where everyone was letting things go a bit, it was always possible in Rennes to find vinyl where it was a desert era.”

In 2022, more than 5 million vinyl records have been sold in France, three times more than in 2016.

Another pleasure and not the least of vinyl: “the hunt”, as Loïc calls it. This drug “to find, to flush out“THE vinyl. Benoît speaks of “the poetry of rummaging, of coming back with what you hadn’t thought of when you arrived in the store.”

For enthusiasts, the auction of Ronnie’s collection continues online. A record fair is also announced this Sunday, May 5 in Rennes.

(With Gilles Le Morvan and Krystel Veillard)

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