Sex Pistols collectibles


2015-06-26 13:01:30


Sex Pistols collectibles

The Sex Pistols are punk rock's most infamous and collectible band

Is my Sex Pistols memorabilia worth anything? Jon, London

That's not very anti-capitalist of you, Jon! The answer is, if it's from the time, it could well be.

British punk rock memorabilia from the late 1970s is a boom market at the moment and the genre's most infamous band are leading the way.

Sex PistolsThe Sex Pistols in their pre-Sid days

Copies of their God Save the Queen single on the A&M label are a prime example. Most of the singles were pulped after the record company severed ties with the band in 1977.The disc was never released and only a dozen are believed to exist today - they can achieve up to 12,000 ($19,400) at auction.

Rare posters can realise sizable amounts too. A 1976 poster produced for a gig at the Club Chalet Du Lac inParis made 3,000 ($4,850)in 2008.

Guitars used by the band are another area of potential, with Steve Jones' Les Paul making 33,000 ($53,360)in 2006.

The collecting public have a particular penchant for bassist Sid Vicious, who died in 1979 at the age of just 21 - his memorabilia is by far the most valuable of the group. A padlock and chain he wore sold for 20,000 ($32,330)in 2008.

The Clash are another British band from the era to consider. Paul Simonon's worn items have achieved up to 2,000 ($3,230) in the past.

American readers may well argue that punk rock started in New York, yet desire for memorabilia by bands such as the New York Dolls or the Ramones, while steady, cannot match the fervour for Sex Pistols items.

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