Paul Mawhinney, the Pittsburgh-based publisher of the Music Master record price guide, is selling his entire 50 year collection of albums on eBay. And it can be yours with a starting price of only 3 million dollars.
From Thomas Edison to American Idol, this is the complete history of the music that shaped and defined five generations. 3 million records and 300,000 CDs containing more than 6 million song titles. It’s the undisputed largest collection of recorded music in the world. About half of the recordings are new and never played, and every genre of 20th century music is represented. There are countless rare recordings worth hundreds, or even thousands of dollars each on the collectibles market. Organized and cataloged, the collection is meticulously maintained and housed in a climate-controlled warehouse. The estimated value of this amazing collection is more than $50 million.
Mawhinney says he kept collecting because he believed “someone had to preserve the music … the history,” but that he’s selling now due to “declining health and associated financial concerns.”