Beatles bidder wins two pieces of Fab Four history
The Bucks Herald
Published 23 November 2013
Beatles memorabilia worth more than £2,500 have been bought by a colourful former councillor and pirate radio DJ.
Colin Dale, 74, successfully bid for a gold disc commemorating one million single sales of We Can Work It Out and a velour cloth previously owned by Michael Jackson at an auction in Liverpool.
Colin, a Wendover resident for 25 years, said: “I saw an advert in the Antiques Traders Gazette and decided to go for it. I only buy good stuff.
“I was up against a few from Liverpool but sorry boys it’s gone south!”
Bidding for the framed gold disc, which celebrates the 1965 double A-sided single with Day Tripper, began at £350 before Colin secured the item for £1,620.
The 5ft by 4ft velour cloth, one of only five made, previously belonged to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, then Michael Jackson and now Colin for a cost of £744. He said: “I did rather well there.
“But it’s so big I’m thinking where does it go?”
Colin, who has always been passionate about antiques, bought 12 Rolling Stones LPs over the phone three years ago and values the collection at £6,000.
He is currently trying to source the Rolls Royce driven by one of his co-councillors in the Vale, Gurbans Walsh, in the 1980s as he remembers her stealing his parking space.
Colin has appeared on a number of TV programmes including Dickinson’s Real Deal on which he sold a silver card case for £1,000 and even Weakest Link where his best placing was fifth.
He said: “I wore a pink shirt and a crucifix chain and of course (presenter) Anne Robinson picked up on it.
“She was dressed all in black, as you know, and asked me why I wore it so I said it was to keep the vampire away!”
Colin was a DJ for a pirate station, Radio Sutch, in the 1960s which was set up in gun towers at Shivering Sands army fort by Thames estuary. He stood against John Bercow and Nigel Farage in 2010 when he represented the Monster Raving Loony Party at the general election in Buckingham and received more than 850 votes.
Colin, who ran a decorating business in Wendover and moved to Wales earlier this year, was particularly critical of the roads across Bucks in his policy and included plans to fill-in potholes.
Colin Dale with the gold disc presented to the Beatles to commemorate the sale of more than one million copies of their single We Can Work it Out. Mr Dale bought the disc at auction.