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Gory Pistols poster to go on show
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A blood-spattered poster which hung in the room in which Nancy Spungen was allegedly killed by her boyfriend Sid Vicious is to be displayed in London.

A collection of items belonging to the former Sex Pistols star and his girlfriend Nancy will be shown at The Hospital gallery in September.

Nancy Spungen was stabbed to death in 1978 in room 100 of New York's Chelsea Hotel, the couple's last home.

Vicious was charged with second-degree murder, but died the following year.


The collection of artefacts, including original T-shirts, posters and handwritten lyrics, has been assembled over 15 years by art dealer Paul Stolper and Andrew Wilson, deputy editor of Art Monthly.

They told The Independent on Sunday that the hotel items were sold at auction by Sid Vicious' mother, Anne Beverley.

The poster advertising their only official album, Never Mind The Bollocks, is spattered with blood, though it is not known if the blood was a direct consequence of Spungen's death.

The couple, whose stormy relationship formed the focus of the 1986 biopic Sid and Nancy, moved into the Manhattan hotel in August 1978.

Nancy was found dead in that same room on 12 October 1978. It is believed that Vicious had attacked his girlfriend in a drug-crazed stupor.

Vicious died while out on bail, at the age of 21 from a heroin overdose.

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