Punk’s not dead– it’s just super expensive. One of the very few CBGB awnings EVER made was sold at an auction this past weekend, and the prediction that it would cost a dumb amount of money was spot on. How much is a dumb amount of money, you ask? Approximately $30,000.
Let that sink in for a moment.
And it wasn’t even the original awning. This awning was up from about 1988 to 2003 and then rescued from the trash by a club manager. A garbage awning, if you will.
For that same price, you could also get yourself this precious little 21-inch-tall Astor Place cube. If you’re looking to build a collection of city history, be prepared to pay for it.
The Sotheby’s auction, “A Rock and Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury Collection,” had a whopping sales total of $847,318. One lucky buyer also got David Bowie’s gold Aladdin-esque stage suit from his 1987 Glass Slipper tour for $32,500. Rock n’ roll super fandom ain’t cheap.