A vast collection of rare Beatles vinyl records, photos and other paraphernalia belonging to Jacques Volcouve will go on auction in Paris on Saturday.
Beatles aficionado Jacques Volcouve began his collection in 1967 with the album “A Hard Day’s Night”. Decades later, it has grown to include nearly 15,000 records and more besides.
“Starting from 1967, I gave myself an absolutely impossible mission: own everything concerning the Beatles,” Volcouve told Reuters TV, as he was sorting through his collection December.
The 60-year-old has decided to auction off his collection to fund his retirement.
Among the 332 lots up for auction on Saturday is the disc “Tony Sheridan and the Beatles 7: My Bonnie,” signed by Paul McCartney and George Harrison, with an estimated price of €6,000-€10,000.
A lot of 11 alternate cover photos for the Grammy-winning Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club album is expected to go for €10,000 to €15,000.
Jacques Volcouve has written books and given radio commentaries about the Liverpool foursome. Letters he received from Harrison and Ringo Starr in 1976, thanking him for articles he had written, could fetch up to €3,000 each.
A set of dolls of the Fab Four with their instruments is expected to sell for €200-€400.
Among other items up for sale are an “authentic Beatle wig”, a Yoko Ono/John Lennon wedding album box and posters.