Only Fools and Horses collection goes under the hammer in Diss

Oliver Allen, sales organiser at the Diss Auction Rooms, with a 'Del-Boy' mask from a collection of

Oliver Allen, sales organiser at the Diss Auction Rooms, with a 'Del-Boy' mask from a collection of Only Fools and Horses merchandise and memorabilia which was up for auction. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

He wore a flat cap and gaudy chain, carried a fake cigar and he was out to sell, sell, sell.

But no, this wasn't Peckham and the man in question wasn't the legendary character Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses.

It was the auction room of TW Gaze in Diss, where a huge collection of memorabilia from the television comedy today went under the hammer.

Auctioneer Andre Ling dressed as Del Boy, the market trader played by David Jason, for the sale.

Mr Ling said he was delighted with how the auction went.

Oliver Allen, sales organiser at the Diss Auction Rooms, with a collection of Only Fools and Horses

Oliver Allen, sales organiser at the Diss Auction Rooms, with a collection of Only Fools and Horses merchandise and memorabilia which was up for auction. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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He said: 'There was a lot of interest and the room was packed.

'Everyone was in good humour, and there was only one unsold lot for the whole of the sale.'

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There were hundreds of pieces split up into 50 lots, and included everything from videos, dolls, shot glasses and even a Del Boy's Lady Killer Romancing Set.

A box of die-cast Trotter vans and a box of signed, framed images of David Jason were the highest-selling lots, both coming in at £110.

In total, the collection sold for just under £1,600.

The items were amassed over the past 20 years by Robert Birch.

Mr Ling said Mr Birch was at the sale to watch.

He said: 'He seemed quite chuffed with the auction and went away with a smile on his face.'

Mr Birch, who works in Ipswich, became known as the 'Suffolk super fan' with the unchallenged reputation of owning the biggest collection of Only Fools and Horses memorabilia in the world.

The collection has grown so vast that it has out-grown the room dedicated to it in Mr Birch's house, and he decided the time had come to

part with it, giving other fans an opportunity to acquire the pieces.

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