The Clash Collectibles And Memorabilia
The Clash Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the iconic and influential British punk band The Clash.
The Clash formed in London in 1976 and consisted of Joe Strummer on vocals and guitar, Mick Jones on guitar, Paul Simonon on bass and Nicky "Topper" Headon on drums. The band became well-known for their political lyrics and they were officially coined as "The Only Band That Matters".
The band's self-titled debut album was released in 1977, but it wasn't until the release of their third album (London Calling) in 1979 did they reach international success.
Although the band disbanded in 1986 their impact on the music scene, or more specifically the British punk music scene, is still prominent today.
The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Types of memorabilia
Christie's in London sold Simonon's black cotton shirt (circa 1976/77) with metal buckles, clips and studs for £1,554 as well as his black cotton shirt (circa 1976/77) with "OPPRESSION" written on the back for £1,912 in May of 2004. Christie's in London also sold a red Clash shirt with pictures of the Brixon riots on the front (circa 1981) for £2,640 and a turquoise jacket which was decorated with the same image of The Clash's first album cover for £1,800 in September of 2005.
Christie's in New York sold five of the band's t-shirts for $1,000 in November of 2008.
The Fame Bureau in Dartford sold Joe Strummer's autographed black leather bomber jacket for £550 in November of 2006.
Bloomsbury Auctions in London sold two photographs of The Clash (circa 1978) for £600 in November of 2008.
Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a green Clash concert poster (circa 1979) for a gig at the Acklham Hall in London on Christmas Day in 1979 for £600 in November of 2009.
Christie's in New York sold four Clash posters (which included the The Clash at the Bond International Casino, Black Market Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope and Sandanista promotional posters) for $2,750 and three Clash promo posters for (which included the London Calling, Black Market Clash and Know Your Riches tour promotional posters) for $1,625 in November of 2008, as well as a Clash with Richard Hell and the Voidoids at the Apollo in Manchester concert poster (circa 1977) for $1,500 in June of 2009.
Bonhams in New York sold a green promotional poster for the album London Calling (circa 1979) featuring a band member smashing a guitar on stage for $2,684 in March of 2011.
Bonhams in Knightsbridge sold the original album artwork cover for London Calling by Ray Lowry for £72,000 in December of 2009, and a performance piece created live on The Clash's "Combat Rock" tour (circa 1983) for £38,400 in January of 2011.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold artwork created by Soundwaves Studios which was a digital representation of the song "Should I Stay or Should I Go" and signed by Mick Jones for $2,560 in June of 2011.
Sotheby's in London sold a collection of Clash posters, contracts, tickets/passes, tour itineraries, press kits and photographs (circa 1970s) for £1,440 in September of 2003.
Bonhams in Knightsbridge sold a group of Clash song lyrics written by Strummer and Somonon (circa 1977) for £5,040 in December of 2010.
Christie's in London sold a Clash concert set list in Strummer's handwriting as well as four backstage passes to various Clash concerts (circa 1984/85) for £900 in November of 2006.
Christie's in New York sold a Sandanista LP album signed by all four members of the band (circa 1982/83) for $2,500 in November of 2008
Christie's in London sold the album London Calling which was signed by members of the band for £1,625 in June of 2011.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that dates back to the 1970s is considered to be both rare and valuable, as well as memorabilia that was signed by every original band member. However, memorabilia that was once signed, owned or used by Joe Strummer is considered to be the most valuable among collectors.
Restoration of an instrument or clothing is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage.
For more information on where to find Clash memorabilia, visit www.wolfgangsvault.com, www.theclashblog.com and www.theclash.com.
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