Sex Pistols collectibles and memorabilia
Sex Pistols collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the iconic British punk band the Sex Pistols.
The Sex Pistols formed in 1972 in London and originally consisted of Johnny Rotten on vocals, Steve Jones on guitar, Glen Matlock on bass and Paul Cook on drums. Bassist Sid Vicious replaced Matlock in 1977, and although he was only in the band for a short amount of time, his stage antics, drug problems, and arrest in 1978 soon made him a household name. (Sid passed away in 1979 after a heroin overdose).
The band only released one studio album, but hits like "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen" quickly catapulted them to international fame thanks to their political and social lyrics that criticized everything from capitalism to the British royal family.
Although he Sex Pistols disbanded in 1978, they continued to perform reunion tours in 1996, 2002 and 2003.
Types of memorabilia
CooperOwen in Egham, Surrey sold a custom Gibson Les Paul guitar that was used and signed by Steve Jones (circa 1970/71) for £33,000 in April of 2006, as well as a Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" drum kit for £14,000 in July of 2005.
The Fame Bureau in Dartford sold Glen Matlock's Gibson electric bass which was used during the Sex Pistol's early recordings and performances for £5,000 in November of 2006.
Christie's in London sold a 1970s Les Paul custom guitar that was used by Steve Jones between 1975 and 1976 for £16,250 in June of 2010.
Sotheby's in London sold one of Johnny Rotten's "anarchy" t-shirts for £3,995 in September of 2001.
Christie's in New York sold an orange jumpsuit that was once worn and owned by Sid Vicious (circa 1976) along with a photograph of the Sex Pistols on stage in 1976 for $9,000 in December of 2006.
The Fame Bureau in Dartford sold an "iconic" Rabbit padlock and chain that was once worn by Sid Vicious for £20,000 in November of 2008, and another one of his Rabbit padlock and chain necklaces for £14,000 in December of 2008.
CooperOwen in Egham, Surrey sold the signature and iconic "God Save the Queen" flag which was used at numerous different concerts for £7,000 in July of 2005.
Christie's in New York sold a promotional poster for the 1977 "God Save the Queen" single for $6,250 and a collection of four Sex Pistols posters for $8,750 in November of 2008.
Sotheby's in London sold a concert poster for the band's "Punk Special" show for £3,055 in September of 2001.
Bonham's in Knightsbridge sold a rare Sex Pistols concert poster (circa 1975) for £2,160 in January of 2008, and the original poster artwork for the Sex Pistol's "The Story So Far" for £4,200 in November of 2008.
Christie's in London sold a 1976 Sex Pistols concert poster for £5,625 in June of 2011, and Christie's in New York sold four Sex Pistols posters (including "Anarchy in the U.K.", "God Save the Queen," "Never Mind the Bollocks" and "Pretty Vacant") for $8,750 in November of 2008.
A rare acetate of "God Save the Queen" sold for £10,766 on eBay in 2006. A rare promotional record for "God Save the Queen" (circa 1977) was also sold on eBay for $17,179 in 2011, as well as the original acetate for "God Save the Queen," which sold for $23,000 in April of 2011.
Bonham's in Knightbridge sold Sid Vicious' personal copy of the Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols album for £3,600 in June of 2011.
Christie's in London sold a "withdrawn" single of "God Save the Queen/No Feeling" (circa 1977) for £3,760 in April of 2002.
Bonham's in Knightsbridge sold a letter regarding the pressing of "God Save the Queen" (circa 1977) for £1,560 in April of 2005 and another letter related to the pressing of the same single for £2,040 in May of 2006.
Bonham's in New York sold a Rick Griffin painting of Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious for $39,000 in May of 2008.
Guide for collectors
Sex Pistols memorabilia is considered a hot commodity for any music or celebrity memorabilia collector.
Any memorabilia that references a popular or well-known Sex Pistols song, especially "God Save the Queen" and "Anarchy in the U.K," is considered to be valuable.
Because the Sex Pistols were only recording and touring for a few years during the 1970s, any memorabilia that was once owned, used and signed by any Sex Pistols member during this period is considered to be extremely rare. And even though bassist Sid Vicious was only in the band for a little over one year, memorabilia that was once owned, used, or signed by him is considered to be both rare and valuable.
For more information on where to find Sex Pistols memorabilia visit sexpistolsofficial.com, sex-pistols.net or punkflyer.com.
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