Collection of every UK single on sale for €11k
When Keith Sivyer started his record collection in 1954, Frank Sinatra topped the hit parade with 'Three Coins in the Fountain' and the most famous Clooney of the day was Rosemary.
It was the beginning of a remarkable hobby. Mr Sivyer made it his mission to buy every song in the UK charts and by the time of his death in February, aged 75, his collection comprised 45,000 singles, alphabetised from Abba to ZZ Top and weighing so much that he had to have his floors reinforced.
But while Mr Sivyer spent tens of thousands on his treasured collection, it will sell for far less than that. The singles are being put up for auction with a pre-sale estimate of just £8,100 (€10,950), a modest price for a lifetime's work.
There is also a proviso which may limit the number of interested parties: buyers must agree to take all 27,000 seven-inch singles, and 8,000 12-inches or 10,000 CDs and cassette singles as a job lot. Ideally, a buyer will take the lot.
But Mr Sivyer was never motivated by money, and his only wish was that the singles he lovingly curated would remain together. They are being sold by his brother, Gerald Sivyer, who does not have the room to store them.
The late Mr Sivyer, a divorcee who worked for British Airways at Heathrow, converted the front room of his mother's terraced house in Twickenham, west London, into a record repository.
Every wall was covered floor-to-ceiling in shelves, with the singles alphabetised and catalogued on his word processor.
His brother said: "It became a bit of an obsession in the end. But he liked his music and he did listen to them." (© Daily Telegraph, London)