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Never mind the paddle: Here's a punk sale

A rare poster for a landmark Ramones concert in London and an autographed press kit for the Sex Pistols are among the rare memorabilia set for a Christie's auction next month.
This iconic poster for the Sex Pistols' 1977 single God Save The Queen will be among the punk offerings at the Christie's auction in New York next month. (Jamie Reid/Associated Press)
A rare poster for a landmark Ramones concert in London and an autographed press kit for the Sex Pistols are among the rare memorabilia set for a Christie's auction next month.

A significant portion of the New York bureau's Nov. 24 music memorabilia auction consists of mementos from influential punk, new wave and garage rock artists such as the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Patti Smith, the Cure and Nirvana.

"Ten years ago, punk memorabilia probably wouldn't be something we'd be auctioning here. But now, people of a certain age have a certain ability to splurge on this material," said Simeon Lipman, who heads up the pop culture sales at Christie's.

This rare July 4, 1976 poster for a concert by the Ramones, Flamin' Groovies and the Stranglers is also up for grabs. ((Christie's/Associated Press))
More than 350 lots will cross the block, including:
  • A poster from a 1976 Ramones performance in London, widely credited to have inspired British punk artists like the Clash and the Sex Pistols.
  • A concert flyer advertising a March 1977 show featuring the Clash, the Buzzcocks, Subway Sect and the Slits.
  • An autographed press kit from the Sex Pistols' 1977-78 U.S. tour.
  • A collection of 12 Sex Pistols button badges designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.
  • A 1966 pamphlet in which up-and-coming singer David Jones explains adopting the stage name David Bowie.
  • A bass guitar that a teenaged Kurt Cobain used to record early demos, accompanied by a photo of the Nirvana frontman as a teen playing the instrument.

Other lots, which include artist-created toys, records, images, T-shirts, buttons, jewelry and instruments, stretch across musical genres: from a group of photos depicting reggae legend Peter Tosh and friends Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, to the portable organ John Lennon played during the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and at the band's historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert.

Pre-sale estimates for various items range from $100 to $200,000 US.

With files from the Associated Press