Feb 18 2008Super Massive Music Collection On eBay


A dude is selling his massive music collection on eBay. How massive is massive? Try 3 million records and 300,000 CDs. That, my friends, is what is known as a shit-ton of music.

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.

Every recording in the collection 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.

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.

The bidding starts at $3 million but if you apply for an eBay Mastercard you get $10 back after the purchase.

A couple pictures and a link to the auction and website after the jump.




eBay Auction


Thanks to Tara, who knows a good deal when she sees one, for the tip

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Reader Comments

HOLY F***ING WOW. I'm applying for that mastercard right now!

Update: I'm going to get a letter in the mail with their response. That could take up to 10 business days! I want this music fifty years ago!

FIRST! they have a similar deal i saw on slickdeals.net but shipping was free


wow! I thought my vinyl collection of 500 albums was good, but now I know better. well, if I win the lottery tonight, I know what I'm buying first

This makes my vinyl collection look weak, this is like the library of congress...I am definitely buying this if I hit LOTTO!

Wait, why doesn't he just donate it and get the tax deduction? They guy must have some money to own and store all those records.

I agree with the win the lotto plans, that's money well spent for a music lover. Thousands of hours looking at sleeves and listening to music. I could spend a long time alone in that warehouse without getting bored.

Damn it I'm only $2,999,999 short otherwise.....

The questions on this auction are hilarious, heres a good one
"Q: I know that this is a ridiculous question, but I felt compelled to ask anyway. I spend most of my waking time listening to my records, and my taste is eclectic for sure. I think my jaw literally dropped to the floor to find that you had every album in popular music, and I would do almost anything for it, but I'm just a student. So my question is this. Is there anything in the world that you would trade for this collection. And I mean -anything- that would be worth this 3 million dollar collection. I'll even entertain heinous and impossible ideas. Do you need somebody whacked or do you need a personal servant to cook you meals and clean your house for the rest of your life? I know ths is not intended for the typical consumer but I would treat them immaculately. I will turn my whole house into a climate controlled super music museum if I owned them so that they would never be destroyed. I know my question is totally absurd so feel free to call me names and such, but I had to know. Feb-17-08
A: We appreciate and applaud your love for the music, but the owner of the collection and I are too old to get three million dollars worth of cooking and cleaning in our remaining years. We talked it over and don't need anyone whacked, either. Here's an idea: Arm-twist your dad into co-signing a $3million loan and just buy the collection."

"Q: Hi Mr. can I pay in 10.000 comfortable monthly installments? Thanks Feb-13-08
A: Get a life."

Man I wasn't gonna bid but that $10 back if you apply for an Ebay Mastercard sweetens the deal a lot.

"We talked it over and don't need anyone whacked, either."

lol, while they may not have their teeth, at least they still have their sense of humor. Though if they're posting on ebay, they can't be that old.

Music Heaven


I was mildly impressed until I looked at the catalog and saw that there is a recording of my grandmother masturbating to a picture of Linus Torvalds taken in 1979.

My lawyer will be in touch very shortly.

Sick bastards.

So, you're basically buying an out-of-business record store that no one will ever shop at. Or maybe its a complete collection of outdated formats and an homage to obsolescence. I can't tell.

Jason (17), right on with the bile! If you have that many records you fall into one or all of these categories:

1) too much f***ing money
2) A broad and infinitesimal appreciation for any and all music
3) No taste in music whatsoever

[Note: 2+3 are probably the same thing]

Though, admittedly, the vinyl collection is a twisted DJ's dream...

#17 + #18: of course it has to be that and not someone who wanted to collect something for the sake of it being someday presented at a museum, honoring the person/people who did the collecting. Yeah, you're right, these people have absolutely no taste in music because they collected everything. And even though they're selling it because they need some sort of money, that doesn't matter, they're still very wealthy and have too much cash.

"Bobby, that collection is the devil!"

This is great, now I can use one of those blank giant cardboard checks I have lying around.

I don't get it - y not just dnld all this from limewire or something & store it on a couple of big capacity hd's? Or maybe that's what this guy did, & now all that only takes up the size of a shoe box...

#21: if you don't get it you're probably too young, and that's ok. The point of having this collection isn't only to actually have songs and music. It's a collection that's museum-worthy. He's kept it in a climate controlled area, along with just about every piece of music ever released within the past fifty years. I don't know if he actually owns any 8-tracks or Beta Max - formats, but it's a tribute also to the evolution of music format; mostly the music style itself. There are some records/cd's that are very rare and near impossible to find

Now having said that, if you did ever want to painstakingly download all this music, you would need AT LEAST 20Tb (Terabytes) of space - rough calculation - to hold the mass of music these people own. It's more so for the appreciation of what the collection has and represents than to actually have the music downloaded.

Don't know about 8 tracks guate6 but thought this impressive
"There's also more than $100,000 worth of antique recording and playing equipment, including two wire recorders and an Edison cylinder player with a horn."

'Today he spends much of his time cataloging the music, with a million of his records now on his computer database'

O.K, so now he's copied each and every track that he loves and stuck them onto his 'computer database'. so his financial friend has said, hey whats the point of having all the clutter, why not sell it for $3million and we'l jet off on our yacht into the sunset?

Music collector? yeah right, he's just trying to cash in on it because he's tired of it. If he was a music collector he would do anything just to keep it. Maybe just sell half, selling it all because of financial reasons? yeah right, as i said...he's ripped all the music onto a few portable HD's and now just wants the money. Interested in music (and their art work) collecting? I think he's just found itunes with album art and got all excited.

he didn't put a million records (i.e., the songs) on his computer. he put a million TITLES on the computer. database much?

#24: You didn't quite read did you? "Can you English?" Or "Can you Math?" If you'd have read, I roughly calculated that if he ripped all the music he's got here, that would take at least 20Tb (terabytes) of space. "A few" (as you said) ≠ enough HD's to hold 20+Tb. As Luddites said, he cataloged his music, which means they listed their titles...much like a library does, onto a computer. This means he put labels on the music, labeled the shelves by whatever category (genre, year, artist, etc.), and then painstakingly put everything (at first) onto paper, and then later onto a computer.

I hate all popular music anyway, so meh.

@boobeyo - if you look at the Q&A on his site, he doesn't just have popular. He seems to have everything (maybe more "popular" music than you'd like to have laying around, but not only pop). so what type of unpopular music do you prefer? and what would happen if it became popular? would you then hate it as well?

I knew this guy's daughter; she dated my buddy after high school. They were actually really cool people. The pictures can't do it justice; you just can't comprehend the amount of LP's he has. It's staggering.

I wonder if they have the Pearl Jam Daughter cd.

this guy's shop is north of pittsburgh -- i've seen some of the stuff in it and you can't believe it's real unless you're standing in the aisles.

Looks like it has been sold for just a little over $3.000.000 - well, that sucks

Why not make it a "Donation to the World"? Organize a public site, put up a team to rip/convert/upload all this music on the web and allow anyone to surf/download through? Can you just imagine, for example, how many music students could benefit from this?

Art (in ANY of its forms) was meant to be shared..........

I'm trying to keep away from reading posts like this. It is totally meaningless. Ain't it shame to post rubbish like this?

think he'll zip it up and put it on a dvd for me?

This is effing crazy. All I did was google "music collection for dj ebay" and this came up! The collection is insane I must admit.

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