Video tapes of ‘lost’ Top Of The Pops performances have been found - here’s how much they’re worth

Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 4:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 4:56 pm
The footage - which features musicians such as Sir Elton John, Status Quo and Elvis Presley - had previously been thought lost. (Getty)

A fan’s 1970s recordings of Top Of The Pops performances, previously feared to be lost for good, are now up for auction.

The footage - which features musicians such as Sir Elton John, Status Quo and Elvis Presley - had previously been thought lost after the BBC removed parts of its archive by recording over its old film to save money.

Other artists featured on the vintage tapes include Sir Rod Stewart, Mungo Jerry, 10cc, Roxy Music and Canned Heat.

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However, saving the day is a Welsh music fan who had used a Sony CV-2000 (one of the first video tape recorders for home use) to record the performances from his TV when they first aired.

When is the auction?

If you are a fan of the ‘70s, or miss the days when Top of The Pops graced our screens, you can place a bid at the auction which will take place on 8 September.

The tapes, along with DVD digital back-ups, are all going under the hammer at the Omega Auctions of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.

However, the footage wont come cheap, as auctioneers are expecting the set of tapes and back ups to sell for anywhere between £5,000 and £8,000.

Do the recordings come with copyright?

The recordings are going to be sold without copyright, auctioneers said, meaning the buyer is not legally allowed to reproduce or distribute them.