A Copy of My Most-Coveted Collectible Record Just Sold for $11K

If there’s one collectible I want to own in my lifetime, it’s this:

Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen AandM


A mint condition copy of the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” on A&M.

If you don’t know the story, it goes like this.  Upon being booted from EMI in 1977, the Sex Pistols were almost instantly picked up by A&M. They lasted on the label for six days before A&M, under pressure from their shareholders and artists like, er, The Carpenters, decided to drop the band. But during those five days, A&M pressed up 25,000 copies of “God Save the Queen.” When the deal went south, all of those 45s were ordered destroyed. Most were. But not all of them.

Perhaps 300 copies were rescued. Some went to A&M executives. The Pistols were said to have acquired some copies. The rest were smuggled out by employees and eventually escaped into the wild. At this point, only nine copies are known to be out there.

One never-played copy was just sold at auction in the UK for £6,000 ($11,475 CAD) recently. Too rich for my blood, but a bargain compared to the £13,000 ($25,000) someone paid on 2006.

Enjoy this deleted scene from High Fidelity when Rob Gordon discovers something amazing.


(Via The Daily Mail)


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “A Copy of My Most-Coveted Collectible Record Just Sold for $11K

  • March 3, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Love that deleted scene from High Fidelity (also described well in the novel). Cusack-as-Rob’s geekgasm over finding that much rare and valuable vinyl all in one place was just perfect.

  • March 3, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I often think “If I was Rob would I have bought that?” Some days the answer is yes.


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