Vast Beatles collection goes on auction in Paris

PARIS, March 17 (Reuters) - A vast collection of rare Beatles vinyl records, photos and other paraphernalia was auctioned off in Paris.

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.

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French Beatles specialist and collector Jacques Volcouve, one of the world's greatest living experts of the band, poses with a mug at Drouot auction house in Paris, March 16, 2017, a part of the 15,000 items going on sale on next March 18.

(REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

French Beatles collector and specialist Jacques Volcouve, one of the world's greatest living experts of the band, poses at his home, in Paris, France, December 23, 2016, with a part of the 15,000 items going on sale at Drouot auction house in Paris on next March 18, 2017.

(REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

French Beatles specialist and collector Jacques Volcouve, one of the world's greatest living experts of the band, poses next to figurines on stage at Drouot auction house in Paris, March 16, 2017, a part of the 15,000 items going on sale on next March 18.

(REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Elements from the collection of French Beatles specialist and collector Jacques Volcouve (not pictured), one of the world's greatest living experts of the band, are seen at his home, in Paris, France, December 23, 2016, with a part of the 15,000 items going on sale at Drouot auction house in Paris on next March 18, 2017.

(REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

French Beatles specialist and collector Jacques Volcouve, one of the world's greatest living experts of the band, poses at his home, in Paris, France, December 23, 2016, with a part of the 15,000 items going on sale at Drouot auction house in Paris on next March 18, 2017.

(REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Figurines from the colletion blonging to Jacques Volcouve, French collector and specialist of 'The Beatles' on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. Jacques Volcouve devoted his life and his money to the creation of a collection of unique Beatles memorabilia. He will be auctioning part of the collection on March 18, 2017, at Drouot in Paris. 15,000 records, hundreds of books and thousands of objects and photos will be displayed in the auction house's Chochon-Barre and Allardi study.

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Jacques Volcouve, French collector and specialist of 'The Beatles' poses with a small part of his collection on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. Jacques Volcouve devoted his life and his money to the creation of a collection of unique Beatles memorabilia. He will be auctioning part of the collection on March 18, 2017, at Drouot in Paris. 15,000 records, hundreds of books and thousands of objects and photos will be displayed in the auction house's Chochon-Barre and Allardi study.

(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Jacques Volcouve, French collector and specialist of 'The Beatles' poses with a small part of his collection on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. Jacques Volcouve devoted his life and his money to the creation of a collection of unique Beatles memorabilia. He will be auctioning part of the collection on March 18, 2017, at Drouot in Paris. 15,000 records, hundreds of books and thousands of objects and photos will be displayed in the auction house's Chochon-Barre and Allardi study.

(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Jacques Volcouve, French collector and specialist of 'The Beatles' poses with a small part of his collection on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. Jacques Volcouve devoted his life and his money to the creation of a collection of unique Beatles memorabilia. He will be auctioning part of the collection on March 18, 2017, at Drouot in Paris. 15,000 records, hundreds of books and thousands of objects and photos will be displayed in the auction house's Chochon-Barre and Allardi study.

(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Jacques Volcouve, French collector and specialist of 'The Beatles' poses with a small part of his collection on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. Jacques Volcouve devoted his life and his money to the creation of a collection of unique Beatles memorabilia. He will be auctioning part of the collection on March 18, 2017, at Drouot in Paris. 15,000 records, hundreds of books and thousands of objects and photos will be displayed in the auction house's Chochon-Barre and Allardi study.

(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Jacques Volcouve, French collector and specialist of 'The Beatles' poses with a small part of his collection on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. Jacques Volcouve devoted his life and his money to the creation of a collection of unique Beatles memorabilia. He will be auctioning part of the collection on March 18, 2017, at Drouot in Paris. 15,000 records, hundreds of books and thousands of objects and photos will be displayed in the auction house's Chochon-Barre and Allardi study.

(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Jacques Volcouve, French collector and specialist of 'The Beatles' poses with a small part of his collection on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. Jacques Volcouve devoted his life and his money to the creation of a collection of unique Beatles memorabilia. He will be auctioning part of the collection on March 18, 2017, at Drouot in Paris. 15,000 records, hundreds of books and thousands of objects and photos will be displayed in the auction house's Chochon-Barre and Allardi study.

(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

Jacques Volcouve, French collector and specialist of 'The Beatles' poses with a small part of his collection on January 19, 2017 in Paris, France. Jacques Volcouve devoted his life and his money to the creation of a collection of unique Beatles memorabilia. He will be auctioning part of the collection on March 18, 2017, at Drouot in Paris. 15,000 records, hundreds of books and thousands of objects and photos will be displayed in the auction house's Chochon-Barre and Allardi study.

(Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

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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 euro ($6,450-10,740).

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 euros.

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 euros each.

A set of dolls of the Fab Four with their instruments is expected to sell for 200-400 euros.

Among other items up for sale are an "authentic Beatle wig," a Yoko Ono/John Lennon wedding album box and posters.

(Reporting by Miranda Alexander-Webber; editing by Michel Rose)

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