Monday, February 18, 2008

Things For Sale On Ebay Right Now! Part One


My giddy aunt!

12 comments:

ejaydee said...

Let's do this LFC style and pool our money. I'm putting a fiver down.

DarceysDad said...

Why is DarceysMam selling my records?!?!?!?!?!

Anonymous said...

It says there's enough music there to listen back to back would take 57 years.

Buying that would be like when Charlie Chaplin had a baby at age 78.

steenbeck said...

We should all pool our resources, buy the records, and then open a record store!! We'll all just quit our jobs (ahem, those that have them), Pick a country, and...well, we're all naturally proficient at recommending music.

DarceysDad said...

FANTASTIC IDEA! I'm in.

Anonymous said...

OH NO YOU'RE BL**DY NOT!

DarceysMam.

el derino said...

I do like the offer underneath the box for entering your bid "Get $10 back on this item" Well that makes all the difference...

treefrogdemon said...

Actually there's an ebay boycott this week and I'm afraid I'm not allowed to cross the picket line.

Blimpy McFlah said...

Now then, I'm thinking that this chap hasn't been very discerning with his collection.

And if we follow the rule that 99.9% of everything is rubbish; that leaves us with about 3,000 records - which is about the amount I own.

If any museums want to offer me £3,000,000+ for a quality record collection, I am open for offers!!

Blimpy McFlah said...

Bet he doesn't have "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel....

goneforeign said...

His throwing in the vinyl cleaning system prompts me to say, don't waste your money, I've got a great system for far less. It's a folding plastic thingy made by Pledge, it has a very soft cotton pad attached, it comes with a small container of electrostatic spray, it costs about $4 in the household cleaning dept at Target. I bought it for keeping dust off my monitors, keyboards, TV's etc. It really works, it sucks up dust like mad, so I tried it with my vinyl and it works there just as well.

glasshalfempty said...

Here's the alleged outcome:
PAUL MAWHINNEY, 68, has been passionately compiling a massive music collection for 50-odd years. But now, due to poor health, financial concerns and a miffed missus, the Pittsburgh-based publisher has sold what is thought to be the biggest physical music collection in the world - on Ebay.

A buyer from Ireland agreed to shell out a whopping $3,002,150 for the collection which had a record minimum reserve price of only $3 million. The price tag is apparently one of the highest ever recorded by Ebay Inc., surpassed only by the sale of a Gulfstream II jet sold for $4.9 million.

From Thomas Edison to American Idol, every genre of American music is represented in Mawhinney's collection; rock; jazz; country; R&B; blues; new age; Broadway and Hollywood; bluegrass; folk; children's; comedy; Christmas, and all the rest of the music that shaped and defined five generations.

With over six million songs on three million records and 300,000 compact discs, the collection includes 78s, 45 singles, EPs, LPs and CDs. No other collection in the world – publicly or privately held - even comes close. To get some perspective, Wired reckons that buying the whole lot on Itunes would set you back a cool $5,940,000. Others reckon the value of the collection could be more than $50 million dollars.

Mawhinney added and added to his amazing collection over the years until, one day, on passing the 160,000 mark his exasperated wife told him that either the records went, or he did. Wimpy Mawhinney caved and the records went into a 16,000-square-foot climate-controlled warehouse where they've been ever since.

Mawhinney says he kept collecting because he believed "someone had to preserve the music ... the history". Mawhinney was seeking a buyer who would keep the whole collection in one piece and even suggested that it could make a half decent tourist attraction if "cleverly arranged and displayed, and surrounded by additional cultural memorabilia".