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CBGB’s front awning goes on the auction block at Sotheby’s

CBGB’s front awning goes on the auction block at Sotheby’s

(Extremely) well-heeled fans of the legendary CBGB take note: The awning that once graced the front entrance of the dive-bar-turned-cradle-of-punk-rock is being put on the market at Sotheby’s as part of its Dec 10 sale, “Chart-Topping Highlights from A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury.”

Though the venerable auction house is listing the item as the “original awning for punk mecca CBGB,” that’s not actually the case. It’s a version rescued from the trash in 2004 by former club manager Drew Bushong. Bushong’s find was one several iterations of the iconic sign, beginning with the first one hand-painted by CBGB owner Hilly Kristal. That awning is believed to have been stolen one night in the 1980s by the band Jody Foster's Army (JFA), after the group played a gig. It’s whereabouts remain unknown. As for the awning up for sale, Sotheby’s expects it to fetch a price between $25,000 and $35,000.

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