If I had a hammer...

MORE than 100 classic rock albums, from My Generation to Sticky Fingers, are being auctioned by an avid record collector. A move of house prompted 46-year-old accountant Darryl Sargeant to sell his prized collection which he has treasured for more than 30

MORE than 100 classic rock albums, from My Generation to Sticky Fingers, are being auctioned by an avid record collector.

A move of house prompted 46-year-old accountant Darryl Sargeant to sell his prized collection which he has treasured for more than 30 years.

The musical haul includes about 300 singles and 137 albums - the majority first editions - which will be on sale at Ramsey Auctions next week. The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles are just a few of the artists going under the hammer.

Mr Sargeant, who recently moved to St Ives from Huntingdon, said: "When I moved I realised just how much stuff I'd accumulated over the years.


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"The clothes and videos went to charity shops but I recognised that the record collection was something a bit more special.

"Records are quite a personal thing and I will be sad to see them go - they remind you of specific times and memories."

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Some of the records are likely to sell for upwards of £50, though that will not include Mr Sargeant's first single - the Chuck Berry hit My Ding-a-Ling.

"In my defence it was a Christmas present and I've long since given it away but it's a bit of an embarrassing first single." Mr Sargeant admitted.

"I used to earn about 10 shillings per week doing a paper round and I'd put half of that towards buying records or singles.

"CDs have taken over now and I haven't listened to the collection for quite a few years but I'm sure there will be some people interested in having a look."

Tony Pryor, general manager of Ramsey Auctions, said: "It's quite unusual to have a collection of records as big as this one brought in all at once.

"A number of the LPs are extremely collectable and we expect to see quite a bit of interest in the lots."

Mr Sargeant continued: "We'll see how the sale goes and then maybe it'll be the stamp collection going under the hammer next."

INFORMATION: The auction will be held at Ramsey Auctions, Field Road, Ramsey on Saturday, November 11, from 10am.

The full list can be viewed at www.auctions.freeserve.co.uk from November 9.

For more information contact 01487 710104.

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