World’s Largest Record Collection is Worth $50 Million; No One Wants it for $3 Million

Very interesting article due to I am a music fan myself and have a decent sized old school 90’s rap/hip-hop album collection; reminds me of the time I went into a full out ebay bidding war and ended up having to pay $30 bucks for an out of print album..which I could of downloaded for free on google search and or it was just recently put on iTunes. I guess us record collectors are singled out & are there any records out there that could truly cost money? Would it be because of the artist legacy/status or would it be because of how rare and worthy the record is?


If you’re looking for a sign that we live in a digital world that cares not for the physical manifestations of our analog past, you need only look at Paul Mawhinney’s record collection. At over 3 million records, it’s the largest in the world. He’s trying to sell it due to his advancing age and health problems. Unfortunately, as he puts it, “no one gives a damn.”

Paul’s been building his collection for most of his life. He used to run a record store, and while running it he never sold the last copy of any album or single, instead keeping it for his archives. Over the years, those really added up. Now, at an advancing age, stricken with diabetes and legally blind, Paul wants to sell the collection. It’s been appraised at about $50 million, but Paul is asking a mere $3 million. He’s had no serious offers, and…

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