TV personality David Gest is divesting himself of ‘materialistic things’ in an auction hailed as one of the most important popular collections ever.

Included is the largest collection of gold records ever to go under the hammer.

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant owns an archive of signed contracts relating to Motown artists and other stars.

More than 120 presentation gold singles and albums, each given in recognition of sales of more than a million records, will go on sale, including The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, Help! and Penny Lane, as well as The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction, The Monkees’ I’m A Believer and The Doors’ Light My Fire, which was Jim Morrison’s personal copy.

There is also an enormous collection of fan merchandise from the 1960s and 1970s. Film memorabilia lots include boots worn by actor Joseph Cotten in the film Duel In The Sun.

Gest said: “Since my appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and move to permanently live in the UK, my life has dramatically changed.

“I no longer need a lot of the materialistic things I once felt so passionate about. In fact, when I came out of the jungle, I was giving away so many rare items to my friends that they advised me to put them on auction so that others could at last get enjoyment from them.”

Jon Baddeley, Bonhams Group Head of Entertainment sales, said: “This is without doubt one of the most important collections of late 20th century popular arts ever to come to auction.”