Personal Collection? No – Archive? Yes
Anyone feel like pitching in to buy an archive? As not only a music lover, but an analogue music lover at heart, this story really saddens me. Paul Mawhinney owns the world's largest personal record collection, amassing some 3 million records over the course of his life, but due to his ailing heath and economical issues, he is being forced to sell. The collection has been valued at over $50 million, yet the asking price is a mere $3 million. Bargain.
Considering a Library of Congress study concluded 87% of the music in the collection is not available on the internet, is there not from a historical point of view, a burden for this collection to be bought and preserved by a body that has the resources to keep it in the condition it deserves?