A rare copy of The Sex Pistol’s single ‘God Save The Queen’ is set to sell for thousands at an auction this week. The vinyl is set to be sold at Wessex Auction Rooms at Westbrook Farm in Chippenham on November 1, (Friday). It’s estimated value is between £12,000-£15,000.
Auctioneers have described the famous vinyl as “a superb copy of one of the rarest and most sought after records in the world. Contained in original A&M sleeve, and within card sleeve with A&M Records sticker.”
Auctioneer and vinyl expert Martin Hughes discussed the auction with Swindon Advertiser, saying, “I have had the privilege of selling many rare records but this is certainly the most exciting of them all.”
“The Sex Pistols will always be the most iconic punk band, and perhaps also one of the most culturally significant.
After the infamous Buckingham Palace PR stunt, which saw the band sign a contract with A&M outside the Palace, it was only six days later that A&M dramatically cancelled the deal, ordering all copies of the vinyl’s first pressing to be destroyed. Ten remain in the company’s vault, proving the invaluable nature of the single now set for auction.
‘God Save The Queen’ was released in 1977, lifted from ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’, an album widely regarded as a game changer within the punk music scene, and crucially one of the most culturally influential albums of all time. It’s a record that John Lydon, (Johnny Rotten) called an “underrated record” in 2014.
Noel Gallagher described the work as “The most influential record of all time is ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’. People who are still working now in the music business did their shit because of that record,”
Following in the footsteps of the recent music biopics, Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, it is understood that a Sex Pistols biopic is now in the works. Starlight Films are the creative minds behind this proposed production. While shooting is still to begin, the casting process is underway.
It is believed the production company have prepared a cast list for the roles of the Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
The film will chart the notorious rise and fall of the British punk outfit from 1975 to 1978.