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Sex Pistols 1976 Anarchy poster – £7000 at Omega.

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On the bill were the Damned, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers (ex New York Dolls) and special guests The Clash.

The tour, to promote the new single Anarchy in the UK, started two days after the infamous TV interview with Bill Grundy. The 19-date tour turned into a series of cancellations as scared local councils banned shows from going on in all but three venues plus four rearranged gigs.

This poster, consigned by a UK source, was issued for a Preston date stopped by the council-owned Charter Theatre (wrongly called Charlton on this poster). Preston had been chosen instead of the original venue of Lancaster as cancellations struck.

The 19in x 2ft 4in (50 x 73.5cm) poster was consigned from the collection of a dedicated punk enthusiast who had worked with the Sex Pistols c.1976 and later. It doubled top estimate at £7000, going to an international buyer.

Early date

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Rolling Stones 1965 poster – £12,000 at Omega.

Omega’s February 23 auction included a ‘fantastic and supremely rare’ original poster for two Rolling Stones performances at the Cheltenham Odeon on Monday, September 27, 1965.

The vendor’s father worked as a barber to the stars in the Kensington area and obtained the poster sometime during his career. It had remained in the family. Measuring 20in x 2ft 6in (51 x 76cm), and in good condition, it went overseas at a top-estimate £12,000.

Early Stones posters are in high demand. Another for Colston Hall, Bristol – also for that September 1965 tour, just a day before the Cheltenham date – took £13,000 at Bushey Auctions of Hertfordshire in 2017. A 1964 promotion for a concert at Colston Hall sold for £15,000 at East Bristol Auctions in November 2019.