March 6th, 2008
12:00 PM ET

World's 'greatest' record collection can (still) be yours

Apparently, Paul Mawhinney's 3 million-strong record collection - which includes valuable recordings by Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and many others - is still for sale.

He values it at $50 million, but was selling it on eBay for much less. Still, a winning bid of $3,002,150 turned out to be false, so there's still time if you have some extra cash. Check that couch for loose change.

(I wonder what Elton John, who sold off some of his own fabled record collection several years ago, thinks of this.)

- Todd Leopold, Entertainment Producer

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Wink Nudge

    [david r wrote]
    "If each record album is 1/8 of an inch thick, then by my math
    (3m x .125 /12 /1509), the stack of record albums is 20 miles high laying flat. "


    One mile = 63,360 inches

    Multiply that by 8 to get the number of 1/8 inches per mile

    That's 506,880

    If 506,880 stacks up to one mile, then 3,000,000 is 6 miles.

    Thanks for playing!

    April 9, 2008 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael "Kinky" Holtman, Newport, RI

    do these records play on my ipod? No? how about my Zune? No? REALLY? Wait, what are records anyway?

    March 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. david r

    If each record album is 1/8 of an inch thick, then by my math
    (3m x .125 /12 /1509), the stack of record albums is 20 miles high laying flat.

    I would love to buy these albums but my one bedroom apartment
    would get a little cramped. He should have been buying gold all of this time. Good Luck.

    March 16, 2008 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    Even this crazy collection guy realizes that hi-res digital downloads are the future, why can't all these people going, "vinyl rules?"

    March 15, 2008 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fred

    I'd buy but I don't own a record player. However, I'll take whatever 8-tracks he's got in a heartbeat!

    March 14, 2008 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony Giannotti

    I wonder if he has any Magma or the first Shakti album. 3 million records is alot of records. I would trade him his record collection for my bulldog Prince Henry

    March 13, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    I know his records are worth more than $1.00 each. Thye should be in a museum, or available for all to listen to through a "free" non downloadable web format. Perhaps Warren Buffet can buy them all and then donate to the museum of choice. My 500 78's could go the same way. WAY TO GO VINYL

    March 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. C. Paulette McDowell

    I have a wonderful collection of 45s and Long Playing albums that I will sell for MUCH LESS!!

    March 8, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rex

    i have been saving money off and for many years to buy such a collection just like this...all i need is 2,999,888$
    Do you think he'd let me make payments? With the price of gas and other commodities going up during this Non-Recession, i might be able to pay about 20$ a week...
    i can sell my car ...
    ... my NRA membership ...

    March 6, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. liv4day

    So does the second bid win the collection?

    March 6, 2008 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NeoPopRealism Jourmnal

    Great collection. Museum should have it, and everybody should have access to this historial artifacts.

    March 6, 2008 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |

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