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TV role is a Blur for Britpop expert Rob ; Pub owner gives memorabilia valuations on new series of Pawn Stars UK [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

August 29, 2013


POP music fanatic Rob Fiddaman has spent the past three decades amassing a horde of valuable music memorabilia.

Now the 90s Britpop expert is set to make his TV debut on Pawn Stars UK, which takes viewers inside the doors of a family-run pawn shop in Chester. Rob, aged 37, runs his own pop memorabilia website and has recently taken over the Bench And Bar pub in Fenton, along with his wife.

DO YOU UNUSUAL TELL He will star as an expert on this Monday's edition of the show, to be broadcast at 9pm on the History Channel. thesenti The programme was filmed at Regal Pawn in Chester and sees experts value a range of memorabilia possessing a rich vein of British heritage.

Rob, of Waters Edge Close, Newcastle, said: I've always had an interest in music, and always collected things. I'm a bit of a hoarder really.

I sing, write music and play the guitar. Gradually I collected so much that I had to start selling things.

A lot of people specialise on The Beatles or Rolling Stones. My era though is 90s Britpop, which is a bit of a niche market, and I'm now the main specialist in the UK.

Last December, Rob, who has 25,000 Twitter followers, was contacted by production company Leftfield Pictures. He said: I was asked if I would like to go on the show and talk about a demo tape, so I did and got on well with the guys. The production company then rang me back the next day and asked me to come back as an expert and talk about some work by Marc Bolan and give valuations. They said I was passionate and enthusiastic, and I acted as a consultant for them on areas I specialise in.

I'm now their expert in popular culture and they call me 'The Robster'.

As well as featuring in Monday's show, he will star in a later episode where he will provide information and valuations on Oasis memorabilia.

HAVE AN COLLECTION? AT Owner of Regal Pawn, 50-year-old Mark Manning, said: Rob's a great and funny guy, who is very passionate. He came on the show as an expert and we were really impressed. Nothing's too much trouble for him. Vicki Manning, aged 27, who manages the shop, added: He's brilliant.

We've got a whole section of the shop dedicated to Rob's musical items. Rob's just very funny and could talk for England.

Pawn Stars UK features items including a replica spitfire, a funeral pass belonging to the Duke of Wellington, and a suit worn by Charlie Chaplin.

Rob, who has been featured in The Record Collector magazine, has been running his memorabilia website for the past two years.

However, he has no plans to open a store in the area due to the globalisation of his market. He added: My produce appeals more to younger people, and is popular in Japan and America, so there is no point in having a store.

What do you think? Email us at What items would Rob love to add to his collection? Madonna's Corset Madonna's iconic conical bra corset sold for Pounds 30,000 at an auction of film and music memorabilia. And despite the huge price tag, its value will only increase.

Beatles Guitar The Beatles are just timeless, and their memorabilia attracts a lot of interest. A guitar used by two of the members fetched an incredible $408,000.

Elvis's Hair Not everyone's cup of tea but such was Elvis Presley's popularity, collectors are keen to get a piece of his hair. Indeed, one person paid Pounds 11,300 at auction for the privilege.

Marc Bolan's Jacket Marc Bolan is also popular with collectors. It's no surprise that everyone would love to get their hands on his glitzy jacket.

John Lennon's Car Who wouldn't want the very car driven by John Lennon? This is a prized possession that many memorabilia collectors would love to have.

What he sold and for how much...

Elton John Boots On the first episode of Pawn Stars UK, Elton John's very own Glam Rock Boots sold for Pounds 1,350. A real collector's item.

John Lennon's Camera John Lennon memorabilia is always popular, and his camera, complete with a full history, was no different. The item which had been given to his housekeeper in the 70s, sold for Pounds 3,000.

The Beatles - Please, Please Me This record, signed front and back, with a full history and authentication sold for Pounds 4,000. One of the most popular records, it's a bit of a must have.

Oasis Demo Cassette Tape This item was featured with Rob on Pawn Stars UK, and had recordings from the Broadwalk Studio in Manchester and The Real Peoples studio in Liverpool. It sold for Pounds 1,400.

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