Would You Pay $2,000 For A Signed Print Of The “Nevermind” Cover?

Next month, Christie’s is hosting an auction entitled Punk/Rock, in which memorabilia from the Sex Pistols will mingle with the likes of signed Van Halen picture discs and a print of the Nevermind cover that’s signed–in gold pen!–by Kurt, Kris, and Dave. (It’s supposed to go for $2,000-$3,000. Um…) Of course, much ado is being made about the Pistols items in the auctions, because even though they’ve done their damndest to piss on their legacy and set it on fire over the past few years people still think they Kind Of Mean Something To Music. But there are a few other items that those of you with disposable income and an appetite for music geekery might enjoy:

First off, those of you who are wondering where the hell you’re going to write ever again after the Great Meltdown Of 2008 takes every iteration of the written word with it can find some inspiration in these lots of old fanzines, even if said inspiration just involves you holding on to your old copies of Chickfactor for cashing-in purposes later on down the road:

Slash. Twenty issues of the LA fanzine, including the first two issues. Get a peek of what’s on offer at the magazine’s unofficial archive.

Bomp Newsletters. Twelve issues of the Greg Shaw-penned newsletter from 1977, including the first two editions.

And a few other items:

Ramones T-Shirt. Is there carbon-dating on thread? Because this looks like it was fetched from Hot Topic, like, yesterday.

Punk badges. I see Nick Lowe and the X-Ray Spex!

One thousand posters. Notable in part because it may be the only time a photo of anything related to the Dwarves shows up on Christie’s site.

Black guitar signed by 15 people. The lot description says that it was signed by “15 people including members of Guns N’ Roses and the Sex Pistols,” but if you look really closely, Teri Nunn’s signature is there too. That must have been some party?

Punk/Rock [Christie's]
1st major Christie’s punk auction set for NYC [AP]

  • Maura Johnston

    One more bit of journalistic ephemera that I missed:


    “Two large scrapbooks filled with newspaper and periodical clippings and ephemera dealing with The Who, the majority dating from the early to mid 1970s.”

    Includes the front page of the New York Post after the Who concert in Cincinnati that resulted in 11 deaths.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, there’s a lot of neat stuff in this auction. For some reason, I don’t think $2000 is too much for a Cobain-signed print. I wouldn’t buy it, but I can only see the price increasing over time.

    The more ridiculous things to me are the vintage rock t-shirts. I guess I’m not fashion-conscious enough to pay $500 for a t-shirt. The Queen Day at the Races one is pretty neat, though, even though it says “1978 U.S. tour t-shirt with Grateful Dead logo on front.”:


    I think the most perplexing $500 item is this one “A three-page Agreement of Shareholders between Frank Zappa, Herbert Cohen, Neil Reshen and Martin Cohen regarding the ownership of Bizarre Records”:


    Bizarre indeed.

  • RaptorAvatar

    $2,000 for the signed “Nevermind” cover seems kind of low.

  • Thierry

    I don’t know why they put that Page & Plant guitar under “Led Zeppelin”. Now, if it were signed by Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, maybe…

  • Butch Huskey

    i was once offered a Kurt signed gee-tar plus some props from the Heart Shaped Box video for $5000 … that was 10-12 years ago

    so i’m guessing the signed print is under-priced

  • Anonymous

    def under-priced, but that’s what auctions are for after all.

  • Anonymous

    Christie’s is auctioning Kurt Cobain’s Sears bass as well:


    $60-$80k. I don’t think that necessarily sounds overpriced. It’s somewhat historically important, right? I guess it depends on how Nirvana is seen 20 years from now. To me, Kurt Cobain was/is slightly overrated.

    The original Master of Puppets artwork is a real geek-out for me (don’t judge me). $20k-$30k. So many things I could post links to that I thought “holy crap that’s cool!”

    I’m curious

  • Anonymous

    Whoops, an extra “I’m curious” got stuck in there somehow. Well, I am curious…

  • mike a

    I’d buy the James Brown/Vancouver flyer if I could afford it:


    Wow, a Smiths/Phranc double bill in Cleveland. The further we get from the punk/post-punk era, the more I’m curious about who the opening bands were.

  • AL

    Interesting timing. I have to imagine the memorabilia market is not terribly hot right now.