John Peel

This is the auction of the home collection of rare items of the legendary DJ John Peel. Among the novelties is one of the outstanding home recordings of singles by iconic British punk band the Sex Pistols.

In addition to an album signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Who is John Peel and why does he have Sex Pistols home recordings?

John Peel was BBC Radio 1’s longest-serving DJ. He entered the chain in 1967 and was until his death in 2004.

He is known for pioneering the spread of raggae and punk on British radio. He also had great influence on British alternative rock, pop and hip hop.

Peel was a record collector and a loyal radio fan since childhood. So much so that he dreamed at a young age of having his own program on the radio.

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John’s beginnings were in the United States, where his path was marked by fortune.

And it is that he was in charge of carrying the program of The Beatles in the mythical radio station KILFthis due to its proximity to the city of Liverpool.

Back in the UK, John worked at Radio London, one of the so-called “pirate radios«.

The radio literally transmitted from a ship on the high seas and was therefore outside the laws of England.

When Radio London closed down, Peel embarked on a new adventure. It was a BBC project that had the purpose of playing pop music of the moment. Peel was inside BBC Radio 1 from 1967 until his death in 2004.

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The importance of John Peel in music is undeniable. And there are so many milestones in his career. Peel put punk on the air on the BBC when the genre was not allowed.

He made the most iconic collection of demo-sounding material in British history. the famous Peel Sessions are a legend. They were sessions where the bands played four songs and they were recorded and mixed in a single day.

Now you may be wondering what relationship does Peel have with the Sex Pistols?

Among the bands that passed through Peel’s studio is one of the most famous and key groups for the evolution of punk, the Sex Pistols.

And it is that in the auction carried out by Bonhams in Knightsbridge, there was nothing more and nothing less than the trial editions of the Sex Pistols’ debut single.

The lot contained two trial editions Anarchy In The Uk/ I Wanna Be Me from 1976 which were estimated to sell for £8,000 or $8,364,856 million.

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However, the lot ended up selling for more than double. Raising $21,330,382 million.

“Things shouldn’t be kept in boxes, they are interesting items and people should be able to look at, own and enjoy.” Sheila Ravenscroft, Peel’s widow, said of the auction.

Among the items auctioned was also a The Smith’s original demo cassette with a letter from the band, dated February 4, 1983.

Plus a Queen II LP that came with a letter from Freddie Mercury.


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