On this site you will find all the infos about this release. The goal is to post a list with all known facts about the “famous 1000”, which became one of the most collectible singles in rock and roll history!
No. Pen Colour Location Additional Info   Pictures (click to enlarge)
010 black London
(United Kingdom)
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017 black Dublin
(Ireland)
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I bought the single when I was 13 years old in Advance Records shop. The shop used to be at an entrance to (St. Stephens Green) Dandelion Market in Dublin, where as you know, U2 used to play. I had to ask my parents for permission to see them play there. I had a collection of posters for the gigs and the single which I took from near the entrance walls and also from the guys in Advance that I pestered. Sadly, I stupidly gave the posters away when I was still a teenager. A long time ago now!Advance was a great record shop back then, when there were very few record shops around town. It was the “Punk Rock / New Wave” shop.
028 black Dallas
(Texas, USA)
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046 black Monza
(Italy)
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053 black Cremona
(Italy)
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The original owner bought it for 50p from the bargain bin of Golden Discs in Talbot Street, Dublin shortly after its release in 1979. I acquired it from him in November 2014 and got Bono’s and Adam’s signature on front sleeve on 1st September 2015 outside of the Pala Alpitour in Turin where the band was rehearsing for the two shows that opened the European Leg of the I+E Tour.
063 black Nantes
(France)
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065 black Dublin
(Ireland)
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068 black Rhenen
(Netherlands)
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101 black Warwickshire
(United Kingdom)
This copy was signed by the band in 1979 making it a very early example of the band’s signatures. Bono also added the comment “You’ll See Soon!” and dated it “79”.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
102 black --
(California, USA)
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104 black --     click to enlargeclick to enlarge
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115 black -- Record is in very good condition, no scratches; the sleeve in in good condition with a few marks but the label is very clear.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
143 black --
(Spain)
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Note from the original owner: I bought the record at a record store called Freebird Records. I was a 15 years in when the record was released. U2 would play afternoon shows for a teenage audience at the Dandelion Market at weekends. Along with other bands. So I saw them three times over the winter of '79 and '80. And again in the summer of '80 when they played support to the Police at an outdoor concert at Lexlip Castle outside Dublin. Bono climbed over the speakers and up the lighting rig and they stole the show.
147 black --
(United Kingdom)
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155 black --
(Belgium)
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160 black Bristol
(United Kingdom)
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165 black Dallas
(Texas, USA)
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166 black --
(Italy)
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180 black Wielsbeke
(Belgium)
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199 black Turin
(Italy)
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207 black Navan
(Ireland)
Condition: good, the number 51 is written in ink on the back top left corner!   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
I bought it in Dolphin Discs in Marlborough St., Dublin, probably within a month of it being released. I went to Mount Temple (1980); Larry was in the year ahead of me in school.
208 black British Columbia
(Canada)
Condition: a previous owner has stamped a small green shamrock & red lips on the label, both sides.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
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216 black Bisceglie
(Italy)
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It was bought from Advance Records in Dublin’s Dandelion Market.
223 black Dallas
(Texas, USA)
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225 black Le Roy
(NY, USA)
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It was originally purchased at Murray’s Records on Grafton Street, Dublin, on the day of release in 1979.
228 black Slane
(Ireland)
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230 black --
(Italy)
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242 black Gent
(Belgium)
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250 black --
(FL, USA)
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I am a long time U2 collector. I started collecting when I was young – in 1983. Through the music collecting magazine “Goldmine” I met a fellow U2 fan / collector who was selling some rare U2 items (this guy lived in the USA and he lived in the midwest). This was in the early 90s (1992 or 1993). I bought a few items from him, and in our letters to each other back and forth he told me, that he had two of the numbered U23 12" singles. One was a higher number – I think in the 800s? I dont really remember, but he also told me he had a lower # issue (#250). He had both for sale at the time and I bought #250. I have had it in my possession ever since.
285 blue Dublin
(Ireland)
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[see also No. 957] Both are in Dublin and both bought by me upon release. I still have a handwritten receipt from Advance Records for leaving a deposit on one copy. The other was bought in Golden Discs in Stillorgan. One of the records was warped and my mother took it to Adam's mother (family friends) and Adam's mother swapped it for one in Adam's bedroom … true story! Only thing is I don't know which one.
286 blue Monza
(Italy)
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[statement from the original buyer] I bought No. 286 of the very first pressing – Adam was in my class at school, so my brother and I used to follow the band in the early days of the Dandelion Market. I had the 12 inch single for many years before losing it, I believe in a house move in Belfast. I bought it from a record shop (now long closed down) at the top of Dawson Street in Dublin. I hope that whoever has it now is looking after it well!
287 blue México City
(México)
Vinyl is in very good ++ condition, no scratches.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
298 blue Dallas
(Texas, USA)
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306 blue Bologna
(Italy)
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310 blue Saarbrücken
(Germany)
Condition is still very good   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
Bought in Golden Discs Limerick on day of release.
311 blue Cork
(Ireland)
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Found it in a friends collection in 1997. I told him what it was and how significant it is. Three days later he gave it to me framed.
367 blue Los Angeles
(California, USA)
Condition: the cover is a little worn, but the record is in good condition.   click to enlarge
I entered Dave Fanning’s radio show competition to decide the A-Side. I remember voting ‘politically’, as I personally preferred Stories For Boys, but knew Out Of Control was going to win out. No-one thought Boy/Girl was ever going to make the A-Side! I think the record was sent to me for winning, and I also won two tickets to see them in Limerick, at a school on the Crescent on O’Connell St – that was their first ever Irish national tour. I’d seen them in Dublin before then at the Dandelion Market (with DC Nein, I think?), but this was the first time anyone could see them outside Dublin. At the gig, there were about 50 people to begin with, and about 25 by the time the gig finished, IIRC.
368 blue --
(Brazil)
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391 blue San Diego
(CA, USA)
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I purchased 391 on eBay in September 2013 from the original owner. I met the owner via Skype before completing the purchase. The original owner was Frank Kearns (former classmate of U2 / founder of Frankie Corpse and the Undertakers / Cactus World News). Frank Kearns said “Although I received a copy of U2-3 as a gift I still went ahead and bought my own one in Golden Discs Dublin to support my mates. U2's first Irish tour was in May 1980 and my group, The Mystermen, toured as U2's support band. U2-3 marks an important milestone in the journey of U2 towards greatness and this copy contains the essence of that special time.”
392 blue London
(United Kingdom)
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I bought it new in Carlow town, Ireland, back in 1979. It was my first few weeks at college, away from home. I wondered around the town one late afternoon and walked into a record shop which was closing up for the day. I couldn't believe my luck when I saw this for sale. I asked how much and the very nice man said £1.49. But I only had £1.40 with me (I was a poor student). Luckily the very nice man said forget about the 9p and off I went, much cheered up. I have had it ever since. It is not mint, after all I have played it quite a bit, but it is in very good condition.
415 blue --
(USA)
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417 blue London
(United Kingdom)
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In August 1979 I entered Dave Fannings competition on RTE Radio 2 to name the A & B sides. Couldn’t believe my luck when I won a copy. I was off somewhere (student travels) when the disk arrived in the post but mammy wasn’t very happy with condition as it was all twisted and buckled. So she sent it back to RTE or whoever. A replacement duly arrived, also a bit buckled, so back it went too. Third time lucky, no 417 was perfect. And still is.
419 blue Venice
(Italy)
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I bought this U2 Three from an Irish man. I asked him to tell me how he had it to reconstruct the history of this U2 Three, no. 419. The mother of his wife in the '70s, '80s was a producer of the famous “The Late Late Show” on RTE2. When U2 made their first appearance on the show on January 15, 1980, his wife was 9 years old and she was at the show when u2 played live. Because her mother worked on the show, she got the record from the band and gave it to her daughter Catherine. She really regrets not getting the band to sign the record at the time. When Catherine moved to San Francisco in 1987, she put all of her records in her Mom's attic where they have been sitting until about 6 months ago when we bought a turntable. Initially they did not know what it could be worth, then, when they found out they decided to sell it and so ... now it's mine!
434 blue Belfast
(Northern Ireland)
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I voted in the Dave Fanning poll to define the A side of this EP. I didn’t win a copy but did buy two copies in September 1979 when it came out at the Record Centre in Bridge Street, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland. I sent one of them to a DJ friend in L.A., who played her copy on KPFK Los Angeles radio. I expect she still has her copy in LA. I kept my copy, number 434. It is in excellent condition and has been preserved well in a plastic record sleeve. There isn’t a scratch on it. I have many great records from the 70s and 80s, but this is special.
443 blue Bologna
(Italy)
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459 blue --
(USA)
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481 blue --
(Austria)
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485 blue Florence
(Italy)
Hand numbered sticker has small tear on bottom left hand corner & very slight ring wear to sleeve. Vinyl is in excellent condition.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
488 blue Belfast
(Northern Ireland)
Signed by all the band members when they did a gig at Queens University Belfast in 1979. Bono has signed “Bono eats Biscuits”, the Edge has signed “Da edge hey hey”, Adam and Larry just their signatures. The sleeve is a bit battered – vinyl has usual marks from overplay and laying about for 30 years but plays fine.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
491 blue Dülmen
(Germany)
Sleeve is a bit battered and the vinyl has quite a few marks too – but it plays fine.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
492 blue Dublin
(Ireland)
Reasonably good condition (some wear to the cover), considering it has been played on and off.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
In Dublin (Ireland), August 1979, I entered the Dave Fanning competition on RTE’s 2fm (to pick the A & B sides for U2’s first release), was lucky enough to be picked as one of the winners and was sent #492 in the post.
503 blue --
(England)
Cover shows slight where, the vinyl is in excellent condition with only very light signs of play. On the reverse of the sleeve is handwritten Rough Trade records.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
516 blue Stockholm
(Sweden)
Condition of record is good. Some light scratches though, but not hearable. Condition of sleeve is good but a bit worn in the edges.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
Bought in august 1995 at Free Bird Records, 1 Eden Quai, Dublin, Ireland for £40. Brought home to Sweden by a friend's mom since we were out interrailing through Europe. The record has been played and it plays very good.
517 blue Antwerp
(Belgium)
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520 blue Pesaro
(Italy)
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525 blue Trento
(Italy)
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531 blue --
(Australia)
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532 blue Battle Creek
(MI, USA)
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It is a very nice, clean copy which I purchased many years ago, around 1997/98 from another U2 collector.
533 blue Dublin
(Ireland)
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I bought this from someone who used to work in the music press in Ireland in 1979. When in the CBS Dublin office one day, Jackie Hayden gave him this copy from a pile he had in the corner. It is in excellent condition and takes pride of place in my U2 collection.
546 blue Schoten
(Belgium)
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556 blue Midwest
(USA)
Includes plastic sleeve and the receipt from the shop in Cork where it was originally purchased.    
562 blue Dublin
(Ireland)
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565 blue --
(Belgium)
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568 blue --
(Belgium)
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569 blue Turin
(Italy)
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576 blue Lille
(France)
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Bought during my stay in Dublin for the concert of 05 November 18 in a record shop, Spindizzy Records. It is not the most beautiful copy, the label is partially torn but it is the number 576 and it is mine.
594 blue Edmonton, Alberta
(Canada)
Condition (Goldmine standards): Vinyl, Side A (M-), Side B (M); Sleeve Side A+B (VG+), Labels side A (VG+), Side B (M-), and Sticker (M)   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
Original purchased in 1979 by ‘Mark’ who lived in the Dun Laoghaire/Monkstown area. The record remained in his hands before being passed onto ‘Mauro’ who also resides in Dun Laogharire. The transfer between Mark and Mauro took place in the 2012–2013 time frame as part of exchange of services (Mauro did some painting / handyman services for Mark and took this copy as partial payment). The record has stayed in Mauro hands since then. I purchased the record on November 1 2017 through a private sale.
599 blue New York
(USA)
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621 blue Dublin
(Ireland)
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641 blue Dallas
(Texas, USA)
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644 blue --
(France)
Condition Label: MINT (429 wrote with a pen on A-Side); Condition Sleeve: MINT   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
662 blue Turin
(Italy)
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719 blue Dublin
(Ireland)
Some light scrathes and some ring marks on the sleeve but still in good condition.   click to enlargeclick to enlarge
I can still remember my excitement cycling in to Dublin City Centre in 1979 to buy this EP in Golden Discs. One of the first records I ever bought. I can also remember my horror as it fell off the bike carrier on the way home and slid across the road. Don’t know how it was not run over but it survived.
724 blue Cesena
(Italy)
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731 blue County Limerick
(Ireland)
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I bought this off a childhood friend of Bono’s. He used to go to the early gigs. Bono originally gave it to him as a gift.
732 blue Dublin
(Ireland)
Condition of both sleeve and vinyl is amazing considering its 34 years old.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
We also have one of the original posters used to promote the single release. It also is in superb condition.
746 blue Riihimäki
(Finland)
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753 blue Paris
(France)
Vinyl is in excellent condition, no scratches. Sleeve is in good condition, still in its brilliant sunburst color, apart a small bend in bottom left-hand corner. Hand-numbered sticker by Jackie Hayden, on the reverse sleeve side, has small marks. In front sleeve side is still present the original Golden Discs price sticker.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
Original owner purchased copy #753 at Golden Discs in Dublin shortly after its release in 1979 and rarely played it. I bought it from another Irish records shop on eBay in June 2017. I can still remember my excitement when in February 1985 I was 16 years old and a school friend invited me to “listen a rock concert from outside”. U2 first Italian gig ever was performed under a “circus tent” (Palatenda) in Milan, due that the local arena was suddenly unserviceable. I no longer left them.
775 blue --
(Belgium)
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779 blue Warsaw
(Poland)
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792 blue Bay Area
(California, USA)
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I paid $100 for my copy which I bought in 1990 at the Orange County California (near Disneyland) record swap meet. I was digging through U2 bootlegs and the vendor saw that I was interested exclusively in U2 recordings. He asked me if I'd be interested in something besides other than boots. Then he went under the counter into a private stash and pulled out a U2-3. I never thought I'd would ever see one. In my mind, I was thinking “How much am I willing to pay? How much am I willing to pay?” I concluded that all I could afford was $200. He offered it to me for $100. When I got home, I put it in a record frame, where it's been ever since.
793 blue Rome
(Italy)
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802 blue Westminster
(USA)
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828 black Athens
(Greece)
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855 black Barcelona
(Spain)
Cover, sleeve and sticker in EX+ condition.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
The original buyer bought it in Grafton Street in 1979.
859 black --
(Ireland)
Number is a little faded. Signed by the band.   click to enlargeclick to enlarge
My Dad worked with Larry Mullen’s Dad. Though he believed Larry’s son was wasting his time he humoured me. He even let myself and my brother go to their homecoming from the first English tour in the TV Club. We were 15 and 13 I think! More trusting than enlightened but thanks all the same Pops, you were a great man. Larry’s dad was nice too :-)
865 black Essex
(United Kingdom)
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877 black --
(New Hampshire, USA)
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878 black Hammonds Plain
(Nova Scotia, Canada)
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Purchased at Golden Discs, Grafton Street, Dublin. Signed by the boys at RTÉ Studios, Dublin. Bono forgot the year for a moment, and had to correct 81 to 82.
882 black Kidlington, Oxford
(UK)
Great played condition, no scuffs or scratches and the sleeve has very little wear.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
Purchased the week it was released at Advance Records Dublin.
896 black Dublin
(Ireland)
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899 black London
(United Kingdom)
The record itself is in excellent condition with a few surface marks that are unnoticeable. The labels still have their vibrant color and are in mint condition.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
902 black Geneva
(Switzerland)
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908 black --
(Italy)
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916 black Caceres
(Spain)
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917 black Helmond
(Netherlands)
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The Emma, who the album was dedicated to, passed away in 1981. Her sister, who lives in America, has had the record in since then. Her sister, the person who sold the record even asked Adam, from U2 an advise on selling it. His response apparently was “I never holds onto anything from the past I like to stay in the present”. The seller knows the band well and she told me she is life long friends with all of the band. There initial connection was her parents and the edges parents were great friends and that’s how they got to know them. It was the Edge who got the other members to sign the record. This copy was signed by all members of U2 in 1979. It’s so rare to get all four signatures (especially Larry’s) from 1979.
918 black London, Ontario
(Canada)
The condition of the vinyl is excellent with some sleeve scuffs. Plays perfectly. The labels are mint-. The sleeve is vg+ with a slight wrinkle on one side from exposure to water.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
It was signed at RTE studios in 2014. Of further significance is the sticker on the lower right front with Sean Leslie written on it. He was U2’s first chauffeur and I would like to think it was gifted to him and marked as such.
939 black Sittingbourne, Kent
(United Kingdom)
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940 black Dallas
(Texas, USA)
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943 black Surrey
(United Kingdom)
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950 black Mexico City
(Mexico)
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957 black Dublin
(Ireland)
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[see also No. 285] Both are in Dublin and both bought by me upon release. I still have a handwritten receipt from Advance Records for leaving a deposit on one copy. The other was bought in Golden Discs in Stillorgan. One of the records was warped and my mother took it to Adam's mother (family friends) and Adam's mother swapped it for one in Adam's bedroom … true story! Only thing is I don't know which one.
958 black Dallas
(Texas, USA)
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963 black Lucan, Dublin
(Ireland)
Condition: well used   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge
I bought it from Golden Discs on Mary Street in Dublin during my lunch break and the assistant said it was the 2nd last copy left.
I still remember the feeling when I got home and played it on my ”music centre“, great memories.
967 black New York
(USA)
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Sleeve is worn as photos show (small bend in corner) but vinyl is almost mint! I bought this from another fan in 1998. Between 2005 and 2013, I had it personally signed by Bono (front and back sleeve), Edge (front and back sleeve), Adam Clayton (front sleeve), Larry Mullen Jr. (front sleeve) and Paul McGuinness (front sleeve).
986 black Dublin
(Ireland)
Condition: perfect
Extras: original poster
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1,000 black Dublin
(Ireland)
In a BBC Three special called “Bono’s Million$”, Jackie Hayden was showing his copy of U2-3 to the interviewer. He has copy 1,000 of 1,000. Here some screenshots from the TV show.   click to enlargeclick to enlargeclick to enlarge

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