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Top of the Pops records sold off

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Top of the Pops opening title sequence from a 1984 edition

A pair of coloured records used in an iconic Top of the Pops opening titles sequence has made 360 for charity at a sale in London.

The records belong to Marc Ortmans, who took part in a celebrity edition of Cash in the Attic along with former Swap Shop host Maggie Philbin.

A fluorescent jacket used by the presenter in the Saturday morning show were also included in the auction.

The title sequence, used from 1981-86, was put together by Mr Ortmans.

The singles were filmed as they were thrown past a camera into dry ice, and few survived intact.

The bright green disc is damaged on one side.

Rare memorabilia

The film was reversed to give the impression that the records were flying out of the clouds.

The titles won a number of awards and are regarded by many fans as the definitive and best-loved Top of the Pops opening sequence, set to Phil Lynott's Yellow Pearl.

Maggie Philbin and the Swap Shop team
Maggie Philbin pictured in 1979 during her Swap Shop days

The spindle holes where the records are placed on the turntable were covered by a label bearing the music show's logo.

Mr Ortmans said he had "no idea" how much the discs might fetch at the Chiswick Auctions sale, which had a reserve valuation of 40.

All of Maggie Philbin's lots - including the records and her Swap Shop jacket - have raised funds for her designated charity, the National Osteoporosis Society.

The presenter said of the Top of the Pops discs: "Marc has been the most wonderful friend to let them go."

Philbin also presented Tomorrow's World from 1985-94 and appears on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Her edition of Cash in the Celebrity Attic will be screened later in the year.

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