Rare Master Tape Of Sex Pistols ‘The Filth & The Fury’ Doc Set For Auction

The digital Betacam tape is believed to be a “one-off” and is likely to fetch £10,000.

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A rare master-tape of a documentary which told the story of the Sex Pistols‘ rise to notoriety in the 1970s is expected to reach up to £10,000 at auction. The digital Betacam tape contains footage of Julien Temple’s The Filth & The Fury: A Sex Pistols Film, which was released in 2000.

While the film is readily accessible on DVD, Hansons Auctioneers say that the 12 minute master-tape is a “one-off” and features videos made for “God Save The Queen”, “Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays In The Sun”, interspersed with interviews with the band and management.

Claire Howell, music memorabilia consultant at Hansons, said: “This is an exceptionally rare piece of musical history celebrating an iconic group who smashed their way to fame in the mid-70s and broke the mold when it came to music, fashion, style and attitude.

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“The vendor firmly believes it is a one-off master tape as it came directly from the production company, Resolution Studios. The ‘rockumentary’ was made in 2000 but it was actually released on DVD on September 24, 2007 which is why the tape coming up for auction is dated 2007.

“It deserves to do well and, for any punk who loved the Sex Pistols, it will be a fascinating watch.”

Howell explained that the tape is being sold by a private memorabilia collector who previously discovered it at an auction in Retford, Nottinghamshire, UK.

The Filth & The Fury tape is now set to go under the hammer on March 23, with initial estimates placing it somewhere between £5000 – £10,000.

Meanwhile, the iconic punk band’s story is soon set to be immortalised on the small screen in Danny Boyle’s new biopic series about their legendary career. Toby Wallace will play guitarist Steve Jones, alongside Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious and newcomer Jacob Slater as drummer Paul Cook.

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