Vintage God Save the Queen T shirts
Vintage God Save the Queen T shirts are collectible pieces of clothing, bearing the slogan “God Save the Queen” - the last line of the British national anthem - often accompanied with a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, either with a safety pin through her lip or her eyes and mouth blacked out. The sentiments expressed on the T shirt are generally considered to be ironic in nature.
Seditionaries T shirts
Among the most collectible God Save the Queen T shirts are those produced by designer Vivienne Westwood and her then boyfriend Malcolm McLaren, the manager of the Sex Pistols punk group, in the late 1970s.
The T shirts were sold at their Seditionaries shop in Chelsea, London.
The T shirts were produced following the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen single reached number 2 in the UK in the Queen’s silver jubilee year of 1977.
They featured the Queen with a safety pin through her lip and used the same Cecil Beaton photo of Her Majesty to that employed by Jamie Reid for the cover artwork of the Sex Pistols’ single.
Promotional T shirt
The US-based A&M record company brought out a promotional T shirt in 1977, which used the original Jamie Reid single cover artwork.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s. Notable sales
A white God Save the Queen T shirt, with a black Seditionaries label on the shoulder, sold for $375 at a Christie’s New York auction in November 2008.
A promotional T shirt produced by A&M featuring the original artwork from the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen single sold for $1,875 at Christie’s in November 2008.
A red, white and blue Seditionaries long sleeve T shirt achieved £380 at a Kerry Taylor Auctions sale in July 2007.
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