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Rare poster for iconic punk gig sells for €2,500

Dick Barton

Published 22/06/2014 | 02:30

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HOT TICKET: This poster for The Clash’s legendary Trinity College gig in 1977 sold at Christies for a surprising €2,500

It cost only £1.50, or less than two euro, to see iconic punk band The Clash play live in Ireland. But at Christie's in London on Friday, a rare poster from their historic gig at Trinity College Dublin on Friday, October 21, 1977, sold for €2,500 – more than €1,000 over the guide price.

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The Clash came to Trinity College in 1977 – probably for the Freshers' Ball. It was their first concert here.

Comparatively few posters were produced for this show and even fewer are thought to have survived.

The poster sold on Friday was 'liberated' from a Trinity College noticeboard by a young fan, it is believed.

Auctioneers Christie's confirmed: "The Clash were the first established punk band to play in Ireland and this was the first concert.

"A gig scheduled at the Ulster Hall in Belfast the night before was cancelled at the last minute, reportedly due to the insurers pulling out."

The cancellation sparked a riot and, according to author Dr Mark Johnson, "acted as a catalyst for the formation of a punk esprit de corps" in Belfast.

The fan who removed the 24 inch by 17 inch poster from the Trinity College noticeboard held on to it for 37 years before putting into the Christie's auction.

At the Trinity College gig, The Clash were supported by The Count Bishops, and, coincidentally, leading members of both groups were destined to die young.

The Clash's Joe Strummer – real name: John Graham Mellor – was 50 when he died suddenly of heart failure on December 22, 2002.

Meanwhile, The Count Bishops' Zenon DeFleur (real name: Zenon Hierowski) was 28 when he died of a heart attack following a car crash in his Aston Martin in 1979.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Clash 28th in their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

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