Lot 852: Virgin Records 45 rpm record of the Sex Pistols single 'Holidays in the Sun / Satellite,' signed on the reverse of the picture sleeve by the full band in black felt tip, "Sid," "Steve Jones," "Paul Cook," and "Johnny Rotten." Light scattered creases, a couple tiny edge tears, and a bit of trivial skipping to ink, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance describing the circumstances of the signing. The original recipient obtained these autographs when he attended the first of the Sex Pistols' two shows at Ivanhoe's nightclub in Huddersfield, England, on Christmas Day 1977—one of the most unusual gigs they ever played. They put on a matinee show to benefit the children of British firefighters, who had been on strike for nine weeks and were struggling to support their families. The Sex Pistols brought badges, stickers, and posters for the kids, as well as a giant cake. They even omitted the swear words from their songs because of the children, returning to their typical uncensored lyrics for the later performance that evening. These would be the last shows the Sex Pistols played in the UK, as they broke up just a few weeks later in mid-January. Fully signed Sex Pistols items are scarce given the band's brief existence and early death of Sid Vicious, with this example enhanced by its interesting story.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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