Herpreet Kaur Grewal

The Sex Pistols, the epitome of the punk era, may be past their sell-by date but their outrageous fashion lives on.

A customised shirt worn by Johnny Rotten, the band’s singer, was sold at Sotheby’s in London yesterday for £3,995. Called the Anarchy shirt, it is scrawled with pen and ink slogans such as “Antichrist”, “Anarchy” and “No Future”.

Landmark styles from the period were on display at the rock’n’roll sale, including a pair of knickers designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, which fetched £1,175. The knickers, which are emblazoned with the words “The Killer Rocks On!” and feature a portrait of Jerry Lee Lewis, were popular during the punk era, worn by groups such as The Slits.

The sale, which totalled £27,700, included items belonging to the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. A startling red Gianni Versace suit owned by Sir Elton John went for £940.