Digging For Gold

Vivienne Westwood to the Rolling Stones: the treasures we want from Bonham’s incredible online auction
By Bailey Slater | Fashion | 21 April 2022

Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren Seditionaries ‘Anarchy In The UK’ Muslin Shirt, 1978

Time to dig out those paddles and pennies, because auction season is in full swing at Bonham’s, and they’re bringing out the big guns for the ‘Rock, Pop and Film’ collection.


With 280 lots available to bid for online, the collection boasts a vast range of iconic memorabilia across the worlds of film, music and fashion – with some of its spoils dating back as far as the 1930s. The proceedings kick off with a slew of Marilyn Monroe snaps and vintage movie posters (see Casablanca, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dracula, Bullitt, Goldfinger, to name a few), followed by annotated Thelma and Louise scripts and a chessboard from the set of Netflix’s Queen’s Gambit, signed by its stylish protagonist, Anya Taylor-Joy.

The next chunk is all about fashion, a section of unparalleled beauty whose first taste comes from the well-stocked closet of Dame Joan Crawford. The star of Palace and Calvin Klein’s recent record-breaking capsule collaboration offers up a fine selection of Valentino jewels, custom gowns and a couple of voluminous Alexander McQueen blazers, one lifted from the late designer’s SS99 show, a.k.a. the spray paint collection. 

Dame Joan Collins’ Alexander McQueen Grey Blazer, SS99

These offerings then face off with some raucous punk history helming from the glory days of Vivienne Westwood‘s  Kings Road abode. Between classic Sex Pistols flyers, who also got their start inside the designer’s infamous SEX store, there are old muslin band tees (complete with D-ring details), raw-hemmed screen print numbers fashioned out of literal pillowcases, and one purple parachute shirt complete with original Seditionaries labelling that was purchased from the designer herself. Having considered buying a muted black iteration, Westwood told the shopper to return the following week when a new colour would be available, enter this glistening, deep purple creation that would make even Prince shed a tear.

Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren Seditionaries ‘Anarchy In The UK’ Muslin Shirt, 1978

There’s plenty more feasting to be had further down on the listing, too. A neon-pink Kylie Minogue’s sign from Top of the Pops starts at a mere £1,800, while drumskins signed in ‘school leavers’ fashion by the Pink Floyd clan and a host of tour costumes from kaftans to boiler suits previously owned by The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Bowie and Elton John (pieces for the latter boasting handiwork from Gianni Versace AND Stephen Sprouse) offer just as much bang for your buck. 

Bidding on Bonham’s ‘Rock, Pop and Film’ collection ends on 4th May 2022. View the collection here


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