Sex Pis­tols sin­gle packs price punch

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

A RARE Sex Pis­tols vinyl record has be­come the most ex­pen­sive item sold at an on­line mar­ket­place for mu­si­cal col­lectibles.

The sin­gle, God Save the Queen, sold for $22,249 in Novem­ber on Discogs.

The most ex­pen­sive record sold on the site un­til then was The Bea­tles’ Love Me Do, which fetched $20,600 in March last year.

But both pale in com­par­i­son to the $420,000 spent in the open mar­ket on a 1948 Elvis Pres­ley test record­ing.

The Sex Pis­tols, pic­tured, signed to A&M Records in 1977, but the English punk rock band’s con­tract was re­port­edly shred­ded after only six days fol­low­ing an in­tox­i­cated al­ter­ca­tion in the record la­bel’s of­fices.

A&M had pressed 25,000 copies of God Save the Queen in May 1977, but only nine copies are thought to ex­ist now, mak­ing it one of the rarest punk rock records of all time.

The band re­leased just four sin­gles and one al­bum, Never Mind the Bol­locks, Here’s the Sex Pis­tols, be­fore break­ing up in Jan­uary 1978. The sur­viv­ing band mem­bers were in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, but re­fused to at­tend.

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