Now that CBGB is a John Varvatos boutique (come on, do you really believe its memory would have been better served by turning it into some dusty punk museum, which is pretty much what it had been for the last 20 years anyhow?), it makes sense that the ephemera of the early punk scene should get disseminated into the the world of upper-crusty culture. Thus it comes to pass that venerable auction house Christie’s will be selling off a large collection of punk memorabilia on November 24.
The collection is said to include over 12o pieces, including photos, flyers, and records. A hand-written flyer for one of the first Clash gigs? Going, going, gone. A signed Sex Pistols promo photo? Sold to the man in the mohawk. There will also be pieces relating to Blondie, Patti Smith, the Ramones, and even some punk-friendly non-punks like David Bowie and The Cure for good measure.