Sex Pistols ‘holy grail’ is punk pick

Original acetate of 'Anarchy In The UK' – £6500 at Cottees.

Among a 200-lot list of vinyl records by a galaxy of rock and pop stars, punk provided the outstanding performance at Cottees’ (18% buyer’s premium) specialist sale at Poole.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Terence Ryle

Described by auctioneer Tony Savage as “the holy grail for collectors”, a one-sided acetate of the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy In The UK recorded at the famous Abbey Road EMI studios in 1976 was estimated at £800-1200.

With the original blue and gold ‘psychedelic’ label, the disc, in a plain sleeve and in fine condition, went to a Kent collector at £6200.

Specialist sales

Now in their fourth year, these biannual specialist sales at Dorset – the next is scheduled for October, circumstances permitting – have witnessed what Savage describes as the massive comeback of vinyl records but also include instruments, juke boxes and other rock paraphernalia.

Best of the instruments at the 470-lot March 7 sale was an early 1980s Alembic 20th Anniversary mahogany, walnut and ebony bass guitar.

Numbered 69/200 and in its original case it went comfortably above hopes at £1800.