Lost video tapes of Top of the Pops come to light 50 years after they were binned by the BBC including performances from Elvis Presley and Status Quo
* A man from Wales used a Sony CV-2000 to record performances between 1971 and 1976
* Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, are selling the collection
* Auction will take place on September 8 and is expected to fetch £5,000-£8,000
Lost video tapes of Top of the Pops including performances by Elvis Presley and Status Quo have resurfaced 50 years after they were binned by the BBC.
Stars such as Elton John, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and Status Quo all feature among the 150 show performances in the footage which dates back to the early 1970s.
The BBC used to have a policy of recording over old film to save money which resulted in most of the 1976 episodes of the show being wiped but a fan of the show in Wales recorded the show every week using one of the first video cassette recorders
It was feared that the videos that have now come to light had also been lost forever.
However, a fan of the show in Wales recorded the show every week using one of the first video cassette recorders, a Sony CV-2000 tape recorder.
He was able to compile a complete set of performances across 34 tapes which even the BBC doesn't have and they were purchased a few years ago by a company specialising in the transfer of old recordings.
Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, are set to auction the collection and expect to fetch between £5,000 and £8,000.
A spokesman for Omega Auctions said: 'The tapes are now owed by an archive which specialises in the transfer and restoration of old recordings both visual and audio.
"In addition to TOTP performances there are also recordings from shows such as Lift Off, Benny Hill, Dick Emery, Dave Cash, Saturday Variety." I wonder if this couldn't be related to known tapes. There was the "PVL" but CV2000 tapes were already known from Benny Hill and Dick Emery.