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Buy the World's Greatest Music Collection

Chris Higgins
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Record collector Paul Mawhinney is selling his personal collection, including three million records, 300,000 CDs, and much, much more. Mawhinney is also throwing in:

...(1) the rights to Spin-Clean, the owner's patented vinyl record cleaning system, considered the best on the market by audiophiles the world over, (2) the rights to Discmist CD cleaner, (3) CD Saver 2-part archival CD storage sleeves, (4)Yellow Jacket 45 RPM acid-free archival storage sleeves, (5) ownership of the owner's six publishing companies and eight independent record labels, and (7) more than $100,000 worth of antique recording and listening devices and other music memorabilia currently on loan to a museum.

The collection is for sale on eBay with an opening bid of US $3,000,000 (plus shipping from Pittsburgh). eBay helpfully notes that you can get $10 off if you apply for an eBay Mastercard -- so get bidding, people!

Mawhinney, owner of the famous Record-Rama music shop, is selling the collection due to his declining health. He wants the collection kept together, perhaps as a museum or music library. He has also put together a World's Greatest Music Collection web site with more details. The collection represents over 6 million song titles, so think of it this way: at the opening bid price, it's only 50 cents per song! That's cheaper than iTunes.

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