There’s a CD out there that Ed Sheeran really doesn’t want you to listen to: the demo he recorded in 2004 when he was just 13 years old.
Unfortunately for him, that ultra-rare album is heading to the auction block at Omega Auctions where it’s expected to fetch a pretty penny. Estimates say the record could go for $13,000, at least.
Yahoo News UK reports that Spinning Man features 14 tracks and a good portion of them are centered around a breakup that rocked the then-13-year-old Sheeran’s world.
Ed has said he’s collected 19 of the 20 copies he believes he released into the wild. However, the last existing copy — that he knows of — was recently unearthed in a drawer belonging to the brother of a family friend.
The man, who only identified himself as Kevin, says Sheeran personally gave the CD to his brother when the young singer was crashing on a relative’s couch after busking all day on the street.
“My brother put it in a drawer and forgot about it,” he explained, saying it languished there for many years. “At the time, Ed Sheeran was just this wee, ginger-haired busker and he thought nothing of it.”
Sheeran touched upon Spinning Man in his 2014 autobiography Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey, and revealed that he “burnt the CDs myself and made the covers” and that the songs were mostly about “a girl called Claire” who broke his heart.
“There are probably 20 copies of Spinning Man in existence, and I have 19 of them. I don’t want anyone else to get hold of a copy,” he revealed at the time.
By Andrea Dresdale
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