An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used when he wrote and recorded Love Me Do and I Want To Hold Your Hand has been sold at auction in California for £1.6 million.
Which got me thinking how much old stuff can be worth and had me looking through the loft and garage.
My acoustic guitars are long gone. One I unstrung, painted black and hung on a wall as a decoration in our flat in St Annes and the other disappeared after an all night party. Come to think of it, so did the one on the wall.
So how about period clothes?
I once had half a dozen stylish suits I got from Carnaby Street in the Swinging Sixties when my brother-in-law Tony Colaluca was a manager for the legendary fashion icon John Stephen. The Beatles, Kinks, Stones and Small Faces shopped there. Unfortunately, not at the same time as me.
But the suits were great. Shame they disappeared decades ago.
A collection of kipper ties from the 1970s has long gone, along with the wide collar shirts that were de rigeur if you wanted to look a Bobby Dazzler.
My pride and joy from that decade was a purple suede shirt with a Peter Pan collar that was tailored to the waist and flared over the hips. Very upper class hippy. I kept it safe for years until one of my daughters found it and that was that.
So I have no shirts, clogs, shoes or any items of fashion and my collection of 2,000 LPs now resides with my son-in-law in Ireland.
Maria, who was a fashion icon of her time as we made frequent trips to London and bought mail order from Mary Quant, has nothing saved either, apart from her wedding dress that must have shrunk in storage. The last time we had it out, it fit our daughter Sian. When she was nine.
All I’ve got that evokes the era of Love Me Do and I Want To Hold Your Hand is the cup I won in a rock and roll competition, a fleet of toy Examiner delivery vans and my Olivetti portable typewriter from my early days of journalism and literature, which still works as long as you have the touch of a blacksmith when bashing the keys.
Any offers? I’ll settle for less than £1.6million?
(Do you have anything cool in your loft? Confessions to the usual address).