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