A rare Led Zeppelin t-shirt has fetched a staggering US$10,000 (AU$9436) via an auction on Ebay.
Stereogum has flagged up the story, about a t-shirt from the band’s famous 1979 shows at Knebworth in the UK. The shirt is black with yellow text and ‘back stage pass’ written on the back, as that was the purpose of the garment at the concert.
The item was sold by Stormcrow Vintage, who reportedly bought the thing from the company who printed it, for a mere US$123 (AU$116).
Brave Words has Stormcrow Vintage’s Kyle Ermatinger quoted as saying, “When I got the sale notification, my jaw hit the floor. Given this shirt may be one of the only ones in existence, the price tag is completely justifiable. It’s a rock relic, beyond rare. Admittedly, I still frequently pinch myself.”
He added of when he first purchased the t-shirt, “At the time, I thought I may have overpaid, until I got back home, looked it up online and noticed it was ranked #1 as the rarest Zeppelin t-shirt.”
The other twist is that Brave Words reports that the buyer of the t-shirt is based here in Australia. They declined to comment, but, children, if your dad starts swanning around in a fancy new-but-old Zeppelin tee, it might mean you won’t be going to university after all.
And for the fun of it, here is some footage of Led Zeppelin at Knebworth. The band played two days at the Hertfordshire estate in August 1979, shows that have become firmly ingrained in Zeppelin lore.