Quiz: Lovely jubbly! Only Fools and Horses stash to go under the hammer in Diss
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You'd have to be a right plonker to miss out on an auction like this.
For a fan of the classic British sitcom Only Fools and Horses is putting his huge collection of memorabilia up for auction.
While Del Boy was famous for selling knock-of items from a suitcase, auction-goers will be guaranteed 'pukka' quality when this collection goes under the hammer at the Diss Auction Rooms of TW Gaze.
The collection has been amassed over the past 20 years by Robert Birch.
Oliver Allen, a valuer and sale organiser, said it was rare to see such an extensive collection go up for auction.
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He said: 'I know people do have things they collect over their lives but it's not so often that they end up selling them in these circumstances.
'It's certainly a nice little collection.
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'Hopefully we can find a new home for the vast majority of it.'
Mr Allen said that while there no single 'big-ticket' items, but many pieces would be worth between £10 and £50.
Hundreds of pieces including videos, dolls, shot glasses, signed short and even a 'Del Boy's Lady Killer Romancing Set' are part of the stash, which has been split up into 50 lots.
There are also cuff-links, cut-outs, alarm clocks and board games, There is even a lot dedicated to Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger in the series and died in 2014, which includes a signed broom head.
Mr Allen said: 'There's anything you can imagine, really.'
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 has decided the time has come to part with it, giving other Trotter fans with an opportunity to acquire the pieces.
The auction will take place on Friday, December 2 about 10am. For more information, call the Diss Auction Rooms on 01379 650306.
Top moments from the show
Fans of the show were asked to vote on their favourite moments from the show in a survey by the TV Broadcaster Gold. Here are the slide-splitting scenes they voted for.
10. Trigger's Broom, from 'Heroes and Villains' (1996)
In this classic scene, Trigger claims that he's had his road sweeper's broom for 20 years. But then he adds that the broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles. 'How can it be the same bloody broom then?' asks Sid the café owner. Trigger produces a picture of him and his broom and asks: 'what more proof do you need?'
9. 'Dave', from 'Homesick' (1983)
Rodney finally has it out with Trigger about his insistence on referring to him as 'Dave'. Rodney: 'Trig, why do you call me Dave? My name's Rodney.' Trigger: Are you sure? Rodney: I've looked it up on my passport and birth certificate and everything. It's definitely Rodney. Trigger: So what's Dave? A nickname, like? It takes some convincing but Trigger concedes that he's going to have to get used to calling Rodney, 'Rodney' from then on. Before promptly calling him Dave again.
8. Tony Angelino, from 'Stage Fright' (1991)
Del turns impresario when he puts on a cabaret night for local villain Eugene Macarthy. Trouble is, the singing dustman with a speech impediment that he's hired - Tony Angelino - is utterly rubbish. It's a truly awful display of singing - but a terrific cameo performance from Philip Pope.
7. Grandad's cooking, from 'Christmas Crackers' (1981)
Grandad was well known for burning breakfasts and destroying dinners. But this particular Christmas nosh-up was truly 'offal' as Del and Rodders explain to the old codger that a shop-bought turkey's giblets are usually placed in a plastic bag and put back inside the turkey.
But you took the bag out before you cooked the turkey didn't you Grandad? Didn't you Grandad?
6: Millionaires, from 'Time on our Hands' (1996)
After 16 years of poverty, the Trotters discover an antique watch in their garage worth a cool six million quid.
The sixth favourite Only Fools moment finds Del and Rodders letting loose in the three-wheeler when they realise they've hit the jackpot.
5. Outing, from 'Jolly Boys' Outing' (1989)
The boys take a trip to Margate, but it turns out that the coach's faulty radio (bought from Trotters Independent Traders) is a bit of a fire hazard. No special effect is spared as the coach is consumed in a gigantic fire ball.
4. Blow-up dolls, from 'Danger UXD' (1989)
Del receives a consignment of dolls, but they're not quite what he expected. They're more the naughty adult type, rather than the children's toy variety. Investigating a strange squeaking sound from behind the sofa, Del and Rodders are startled by the sudden appearance of a self-inflating plastic lady.
3. Batman and Robin, from 'Heroes and Villains' (1996)
Del and Rodney pull out all the stops for a fancy dress bash - and even manage to prevent a mugging on the way to the party. The poor muggers that Del and Rodders come across assume that they're under attack from the Caped Crusader and his Boy Wonder. If only they knew.
2. The Chandelier, from 'A Touch of Glass' (1982)
Surely no introduction is needed for this classic comedy moment, which was voted in at number two.
On a chance encounter with Lady Ridgemere, Del offers up his services as a chandelier cleaner. The rest is TV history.
1. Del falls through bar, from 'Yuppie Love' (1989)
Trigger and Del ditch the Nag's Head and go on the pull in a trendy wine bar. Two attractive, charming gents. What can possibly go wrong? David Jason's magnificent pratfall was voted the greatest Only Fools moment of all time.