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The Sex Pistols artwork is for sale at Sotheby’s, including the original God Save The Queen poster

A collection of Sex Pistols artwork goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house this month.

The Stolper Wilson Collection of posters, collages, hand-printed performance handouts and manuscript texts are available for sale.

The collectibles from the infamous British punk band’s rise to the top were assembled in the 1990s by contemporary art dealer Paul Stolper and curator Andrew Wilson.

The sale includes a Jamie Reid collage entitled I Hate French Cooking, created in 1976 and estimated to be worth a whopping £12,000-15,000.

Another hot ticket in the collection is the original Sid Vicious poster for the band’s controversial second single, God Save The Queen, estimated at £4,000-6,000.

The song was released on 27 May 1977 during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee, with the cover featuring a defaced image of the Queen herself.

The cover and lyrics were controversial at the time and were seen by many as an attack on the monarchy, leading to the BBC refusing to play the song.

The sale of the original poster comes after former Sex Pistol John Lydon claimed his former bandmates were “distastefully” trying to capitalize on the Queen’s death with “God Save The Queen.”

The 66-year-old singer said he distanced himself from any activity by the band aimed at promoting their 1977 track, claiming it was “disrespectful” to the royal family.

John, better known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, wrote the lyrics to God Save the Queen.

In a series of tweets shared by John’s account and his band, Public Image Ltd. he claimed the Sex Pistols approved “a number of requests” against his will as he accused the band of trying to “cash in” on Her Majesty’s death.

But a Sex Pistols rep called John’s comments “stunning” and said they didn’t understand what the singer was referring to in his tweets.

A Sex Pistols spokesperson told MailOnline: “We can’t understand what [John] would relate. Aside from a few requests for the use of visuals or audio in news reports about the Queen and her impact on culture, there is nothing new regarding God Save The Queen being promoted or published in any way.

John’s tweets read: “John Lydon wishes to distance himself from all Sex Pistols activities aimed at profiting from the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“The band’s musicians and management have approved a number of motions against John’s will based on the majority court settlement.

“In John’s view, the timing of supporting the Sex Pistols’ requests for commercial gain, particularly in relation to ‘God Save The Queen’, at this time is distasteful and disrespectful to the Queen and her family.

“John wrote the lyrics to this historic song and while he has never supported the monarchy, he feels the family deserves some respect at this difficult time, as would be expected of any other person or family if someone who is close to them has died.

‘Rest in Peace Queen Elizabeth II. Send her victorious.’

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, who reigned for 70 years, died aged 96 last month.

John rose to fame in the 1970s alongside guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious in early 1977.

It’s not the first time John has had conflicts with his former band, the Sex Pistols, having previously criticized the band’s upcoming biopic, Pistol.

The punk rocker has been highly critical of the upcoming Disney+ miniseries, claiming he was deliberately banned from the show, which involves his former bandmates Paul Cook and Steve Jones.

In May, he doubled down on his comments while appearing on This Morning, accusing Disney, director Danny Boyle and his former bandmates of “secreting” and “banning him” from the show.

Host Alison Hammond spoke to John and read a statement from the director, which said: “Danny Boyle has previously said, ‘I love Lydon for what he does and I don’t want him to like it right. Why would you change the habit of your life?” That’s Danny Boyle.”

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