The World's Greatest Music Collection for sale

19th Feb 2008 | 12:30

The World's Greatest Music Collection for sale

Undisputed largest collection of recorded music in the world needs a new home

“From Thomas Edison to American Idol” is how the beneficiaries of The World’s Greatest Music Collection begin their sales pitch. That’s right, Paul Mawhinney, the owner of theworld’s largest collection of records and CDs is selling up on eBay. And if you’re deemed to be a suitable owner, you could buy the lot.

The collection boasts more than 6 million song titles made up of 3 million records and 300,000 CDs with an estimated value of $50 million. The good news is that bidding starts at a mere $3 million, with, at the time of writing, a grand total of 0 bids. So what’s the catch?

Mawhinney and co. are seeking a buyer who will “guarantee to keep the collection intact and keep the music alive for the enjoyment of music lovers, now and for years to come.”

So if you’re a museum, library, university or charitable foundation - or you’re a philanthropist with a spare aircraft hanger to store the collection in, before you give it to a museum, library, university, or charitable foundation – you’re in luck!

The eBay listing has caused quite a stir already, with one cash-strapped desperado asking: “Is there anything in the world that you would trade for this collection?”

“I'll even entertain heinous and impossible ideas. Do you need somebody whacked or do you need a personal servant to cook you meals and clean your house for the rest of your life?”

Whacked indeed…

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