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Vinyl collection of 40 years of UK No. 1 singles to be sold

Every chart topper from 1952 to 1992...

A personal collection of UK No.1 singles will be sold at auction later this month.

Tim Claydon, who has spent 44 years building the archive, has 684 records in his mammoth collection, which includes rare 45s, 78s and collectable 12-inch singles.

The collection starts with the first UK No.1 single in 1952, 'Here in My Heart' by Al Martino, and ends in 1992 with Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You'. 

"My collection was fuelled by my grandmother taking me, in 1963 as a three-year-old, into Woolworths in Maldon High Street to buy my very first single, 'She Loves You' by The Beatles," Claydon said, "As a young child I played my parents' discs on our little record player, some 78s and some 45s. If not listening to those over and over again, I would be listening to Radio Caroline or Radio Luxembourg on our transistor radio."

Other records in the collection include Madonna's 'Into The Groove', 'Voodoo Child' by Jimi Hendrix and Boney M's 'Rivers of Babylon'.

The collection will be auctioned 9th July by Sworders and is expected to sell for £20,000 to £30,000. Read more here.

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