Memorabilia marking the north west passage to punk, new wave and indie success in the 1980s04 August 2021 While Liverpool was a major early force in pop music with the likes of The Beatles, The Merseybeats and Gerry and the Pacemakers, later on it was rival north-westerners who took pole position.
The period of ‘Madchester’ in particular symbolised the period celebrated in Omega Auctions’ sale on August 10 titled Punk, Indie and New Wave, offering a range of memorabilia alongside vinyl.
Here are five ideas on what to buy.
Joy Division t-shirts
Any memorabilia connected to Joy Division is highly collectable. Hailing from Salford, they were formed in 1976 and first named Warsaw. The band comprised singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bass player Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris.
Sumner, Hook and Morris went on find success with New Order after Curtis’ suicide.
Estimated at £80-120 are these two early Joy Division t-shirt designs including Unknown Pleasures (pictured above), probably c.1979 or early 1980s (catalogued “in size M, though has shrunk with age”), and a Love Will Tear Us Apart design, probably c.1980s/90s on ‘London’ label, size L.
Bid for these two early Joy Division t-shirt designs via thesaleroom.com.
The Stone Roses were a huge part of the Madchester scene in the late 1980s/early 90s, having been formed in 1983. The classic line-up was vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani and drummer Reni.
This original poster advertising dates on the Stone Roses 1989 Japanese tour measures approx 51 x 76cm and is estimated at £200-250.
See the original poster advertising dates on the Stone Roses 1989 Japanese tour on thesaleroom.com.
After the Stone Roses split in 1996 singer Ian Brown launched a solo career. His debut album Unfinished Monkey Business released in February 1998 also featured former Stone Roses musicians.
The pewter monkey figurine on base shown here, approx 13cm tall, was produced in limited numbers to celebrate the album and distributed to those associated with the album and label execs etc.
Catalogued as being in ‘excellent condition’, it is estimated at £200-300.
View the catalogue entry for the pewter monkey figurine to mark Unfinished Monkey Business on thesaleroom.com.
It wasn’t just Manchester: flying the flag for Bolton were the Buzzcocks, who started in 1976. This concert poster for a gig at King's Hall, Blackburn, on November 5, 1980, is signed by band members Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, John Maher, Steve Garvey.
Measuring about 51 x 76cm and with tape repairs, age wear etc, it is estimated at £200-300.
To bid for the 1980 Buzzcocks concert poster view the catalogue entry on thesaleroom.com.
Smiths and signature
Ignoring more recent controversies for now, one of the most influential bands to come out of Manchester were The Smiths, formed in 1982. The classic line-up was Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.
At the Omega auction this original performance contract for a Smiths concert in April 1984 is signed to the lower portion by Morrissey. Measuring 21 x 29.6cm, it is estimated at £1000-1500.
The catalogue entry for this original performance contract for a Smiths concert in April 1984 can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.