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Punk designer’s art work goes on display with £1m price tag

May 23, 2016

Inside Croydon

god save the queen The artwork which helped to establish Punk imagery and the reputation of Jamie Reid

It is 40 years in November since the release of “Anarchy In The UK” announced the screaming, spitting arrival of Punk. Greil Marcus, the American cultural critic, wrote vividly that in the Sex Pistols’ debut single release, John Lydon spewed the vocals “as if his teeth had been ground down to points”.

The track includes the line, “Your future dream is a shopping scheme”, so it is perversely appropriate that just up the road from the Croydon Establishment’s wet dream which is the unbuilt Hammersfield supermall, an exhbition has just opened which includes what is almost certainly the first art work to display in the borough with a £1 million price tag.

This could be Jamie Reid’s Country Life butter moment.

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