- Published: November 25, 2008 - The New York Times
The Christie’s punk and rock auction on Monday included this Anger, Hate, Destroy shirt and hand-painted pants. CBGB’s sticker-encrusted urinal is already museum-worthy, and on Monday more detritus from the era of the Ramones and the Clash hurtled its way into high culture, when Christie’s hosted its first auction devoted to punk memorabilia.
An Epiphone Special guitar, signed by members of Guns N’ Roses and the Sex Pistols.
Vivienne Westwood bondage pants, photographs of Lou Reed and Blondie, badges for the Buzzcocks and concert fliers from clubs like Max’s Kansas City went up for bid at the decidedly nonpunk hour of 10 a.m. Estimates were as high as $1,500 for an original “God Save the Queen” Sex Pistols T-shirt and $7,000 for an autographed Ramones test album from 1976.
“We’ve sold punk material before — a T-shirt here, a poster there,” said Simeon Lipman, the head of Christie’s pop culture department, at a preview the day before the sale. “This time around I wanted to explore the punk aesthetic. I love the music, and the memorabilia itself is very, very scarce. It has such a wonderful look to it. It’s very visceral.” Article sur le site du New York Time