Sex Pistols / Johnny Rotten: a customised Anarchy In The UK t-shirt owned by John Lydon, circa 1977, 2

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Lot 134*
Sex Pistols / Johnny Rotten: a customised Anarchy In The UK t-shirt owned by John Lydon,
circa 1977, 2
Sold for £ 12,500 (US$ 16,561) inc. premium

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ROCK & POP MEMORABILIA
Sex Pistols / Johnny Rotten: a customised Anarchy In The UK t-shirt owned by John Lydon, circa 1977, 2 Sex Pistols / Johnny Rotten: a customised Anarchy In The UK t-shirt owned by John Lydon, circa 1977, 2
Sex Pistols / Johnny Rotten: a customised Anarchy In The UK t-shirt owned by John Lydon,
circa 1977,
the cotton t-shirt slashed and possibly charred across the chest, back, neck and arms, depicting the Jamie Reid design for the Sex Pistols debut single 'Anarchy In The UK', with white label Cotton, L, Made In Portugal, given to the vendor by Lydon at a party, with letter concerning the provenance; accompanied by a book The Bollocks: A Photo Essay of The Sex Pistols, MORRIS, Dennis: Gingko Press, 2015 (2)

Footnotes

  • According to the vendor she acquired the t-shirt when she met John Lydon at a party held by some music business friends in the late 1970s. She had with her a t-shirt with a photograph of Johnny Rotten on it, Lydon seeing this declared how much he liked that photo of himself and suggested the pair swap garments. He was wearing his Anarchy In The UK t-shirt at the time, took it off and gave it to the current owner, putting her t-shirt on instead. It has been kept in the same condition by the vendor as when she was given it. There are numerous photographs of Lydon wearing an identical t-shirt including on the cover of 'Ripped And Torn' fanzine November 1977 and in Dennis Morris photograph of Rotten backstage at Penzance, England, 1977. This photo became the cover image of Morris' book 'The Bollocks: A Photo Essay of the Sex Pistols'.
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