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Christie’s Lets The Riff-Raff In

from the Gothamist

Christie’s Goes Punk


David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, Dorchester Hotel, 1972 Black and white, limited edition archival photographic print, signed and numbered 24/50. 20x24in. $1500-2000.

High-end auction houses aren’t very punk rock, but Christie’s is about to put some classic punk era memorabilia on the block. They announced the auction, which takes place November 24th, yesterday–and it will include more than 120 punk treasures from legends like the Ramones, the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, Blondie, David Bowie and more.

Christie’s pop-culture chief Simeon Lipman told the AP: “We understand that tastes change, tastes mature. Ten years ago, punk memorabilia probably wouldn’t be something we’d be auctioning here. But now, people of a certain age have a certain ability to splurge on this material.”

Too bad they didn’t do this a few years ago, maybe they could have auctioned off CBGB. Now, put on your best John Varvatos suit and get ready to drive another nail into the coffin.

By Jen Carlson in Arts and Events 

[ click to read and view more pics at Gothamist.com ]

Posted on October 29, 2008 by Editor

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