Music Archivist Sells Huge Collection on eBay

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This week, All Things Considered reported about Paul Mawhinney and his archive of 3 million record albums and 300,000 CDs. The Pittsburgh man has now sold his collection on eBay.


And finally at this hour, an update on a story we brought you earlier this week.

I spoke with Paul Mawhinney, who is selling his collection of 3 million records on eBay, most of them are 45s, though he also has hundreds of thousands of CDs.

Well, this morning, the auction closed and there was a winning bid: $3,002,150, $10 off with an eBay MasterCard. The buyer had to put 10 percent down just to make a bid, and doesn't want his name made public.

Mr. Mawhinney says the listing for his giant record collection got about a quarter of a million page views. And eBay says it's among the most expensive items ever sold on that site. The highest bid was for a Gulfstream jet, which sold for $4.9 million.

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