Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Greatest Music Collection

3rd SE Quadrant\The Approval Matrix: Week of March 10, 2008

A Pittsburgh man says he can now retire because someone bought his massive record collection on eBay for the asking price: $3 million.

A buyer from Ireland agreed to shell out $3,002,150 for the collection of nearly 3 million vinyl albums, singles and CDs, owner Paul Mawhinney said Thursday.

The winning bidder has already deposited $300,000, and a bank has confirmed that he has enough money to buy the collection, Mawhinney said.
-- Huffington Post

[However] The latest development in the auction of the Record Rama collection is that the high bidder known as "jopsoup" is now listed as no longer a registered user of eBay. It's not clear what that could mean for the tentative sale of the some 3 million LPs, 45s, CDs, cassettes and 8 tracks, deemed by owner/seller Paul Mawhinney as "the World's Largest Music Collection.''
--Pittsburgh Post-gazette

Who Owns the Collection?

Paul Mawhinney bought his first record sixty years ago. It was a Frankie Lane song. He played it 'til the grooves were gone. As soon as he had a little extra money, he bought another record. Then another and another. He loved the music. Through his high school years, and later during his careers in the military, as a salesman and as a department store manager, he kept buying music.

Disappointed by radio stations that only played the latest hits, while ignoring anything older than songs of the previous week, Paul believed someone had to preserve the music...the history.

Paul is also the publisher of Music Master, the definitive guide to buying and selling, used by record collectors the world over.
-- The Greatest Music Collection

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