Vintage Destroy T shirts
Vintage Destroy T shirts are collectible items of clothing produced by Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren and his girlfriend, designer Vivienne Westwood, in the late 1970s.
The provocative T shirts were famously worn by the UK punk band.
The muslin T shirts bore the slogan, “Destroy” in large lettering, often accompanied by depictions of a swastika, Jesus Christ and a British stamp bearing the Queen’s head.
The T shirts were offered at the couple’s clothing shop on the King’s Road in Chelsea, London between 1977 and 1980, when the store was called Seditionaries.
The shop had been known by a number of names previously, including Let it Rock and Sex. It is currently owned by Westwood, and is called World’s End.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
Value and notable sales of vintage Destroy T shirts
The T shirts were made from muslin, a flimsy fabric that can easily be torn. Good quality Destroy specimens are therefore rare.
A grey Destroy T shirt sold for £1,000 at Christie’s in October 2008.
A long-sleeved Destroy T shirt made £574 at Sotheby’s London in September 2003.
A circa 1977 long-sleeved Destroy T shirt sold for £1,292 at Sotheby’s London in June 2002.
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