It reminds me a comedy skit that I heard years ago about a once in a lifetime opportunity to get every recording ever made. But apparently this current offer to attain the "world's greatest music collection" and to own the "largest collection of recorded music in the world" is for real.
Very real but at a real high price: $3 million dollars precisely for this ebay item, which closes on Thursday, Feb 21st at 6AM PST, and boldly boasts to include "3 million records and 300,000 CDs containing more than 6 million song titles...From Thomas Edison to American Idol, this is the complete history of the music that shaped and defined five generations."
Damn! And you thought Amoeba had a lot of records and CDs! The seller claims that it is "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."
The item, which claims to be the "most viewed and watched listing ever on ebay," has gotten an awful lot of attention alright, but not so much from potential big spenders as much as curious music fans like the folks at Mojo magazine who really want to interview the seller, eBay member jpaulhenderson5a4e, about this whole collection. The two photos here are part of the alleged collection which the seller claims "was purchased by the collection's owner over the past fifty years and represents a lifetime of work and his desire to see the music preserved for future generations. Advancing age and health concerns are forcing the owner to sell."
Although I wonder if it is indeed not a hoax, upon some superficial research and investigation, including the seller's past record on ebay, all seems to be genuine and legit with this posting. Some of the questions he has gotten however are not legit, although many are witty. Like the guy who sent him a question via ebay to ask if he could only buy one of the six million songs up for sale, the only song he really wanted -reggae artist Ini Kamoze's 1994 hit "Here Comes The Hotstepper." The reply was of course, NO you either get all six million songs or none. "Nothing will be removed from the collection."
If you are curious to the outcome of this listing (including to know if it really is for real) check the ebay listing between now and Thursday morning at 6AM -- Cali time. I will also post in the comments section down below an update around that time. Thanks for reading this far. Oh and below is the rest of the official ebay listing about this item if you are curious to read:
"The history of 20th century music belongs in a museum (existing or new), or a music library. The collection's owner is seeking a private collector or a philanthropist willing to buy and donate the collection. A donation would qualify as a tax-deductible event. The collection contains many thousands of duplicate copies, which could be sold individually on the collectibles market to recoup a substantial part of the purchase price. If you're contemplating creating a museum around the collection, we can help with additional exhibits and design services.
The new owner of this magnificent collection will also acquire (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."