Beatles fan Jacques Volcouve is selling 15,000 items of memorabilia, including records, signed books, posters, autographs and figurines, in order to pay for his retirement.

In an interview with British newspaper The Observer, Volcouve said that he is considered France's foremost "Beatles historian".

"The Beatlemania bug bit me and I was never cured of it. I listened to the album and I thought the music was incredible," he told the publication. "From then on, I wanted everything to do with the Beatles: records; newspaper clips, posters, memorabilia...everything."

To mark the occasion, the French tribute band We Love You Paul has been invited to play during the pre-sale exhibition.

Volcouve, who has met Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, added that in spite of his devotion to the band, he's never had any recognition or so much as "a free ticket to a concert".

However, he did get some support from late bandmember George Harrison.

"Still, George (Harrison) told me in 1977 that if just one person appreciates your work then it hasn't been a waste of time, and I know the things I have done over the last 40 years have been important to many people," he said.

Volcouve's collection will go on sale at the Drouot auction house in Paris on 18 March (17).