NEW YORK—Christie’s auction house recently had to pull a “rare” Sex Pistols poster for an infamous 1978 Texas concert after some eagle-eyed fontophiles noticed some of the lettering used in flyer hadn’t been invented until almost two decades after the show took place.
The ransom note-style handbill, with a suggested value of $2,000 to $3,000, purportedly touted a gig by the punk rockers at Randy’s Rodeo, a country and western bar in San Antonio, Texas. (It was at this show where concert goers started pitching full cans of beer at the stage and Sid Vicious retaliated by bashing an audience member on the head with his bass guitar.)
Many visitors to the auctioneer’s site pointed out that the letters “land” in the word England appear to be in Microsoft Comic Sans, circa 1995. Christie’s removed the item before the June auction of pop culture memorabilia.