A fan of punk rock and co-owner of an antiques business has finally decided to auction his lifelong collection of Sex Pistols memorabilia. Mark Wilson from Gateshead has a house full of items from the punk rock era related to the Sex Pistols. Some of the items are rare and expected to draw a lot of interest, according to the auctioneer.
The original “Who Killed Bambi” manuscript will be included, along with an article from a newspaper which had been signed by Sid Vicious. Various other items which had been acquired backstage, including autographs, records and posters, will all be available for sale. The auction could raise £10,000 or more.
According to Wilson, he started with just one item of memorabilia in 1976 and the collection started from there, although that was never the intention. Wilson said:
“It seemed to take on a life of its own – I hadn’t made a conscious decision to fill my home with Sex Pistols memorabilia but over the years, one item led to another.”
This is often how a collection starts – with just one piece, especially antique furniture. Antique dining chairs may be followed by an antique dining table and suitable crockery. Rather than buy items at an auction, where the price includes a buyer’s premium, collectors will find pieces at local antiques dealers in Ribble Valley which are fairly priced. Wilson states that money generated from the rare collection will be put back into his business.
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