Paul Mawhinney calls it the World's Greatest Music Collection, and he might just be right. He is the owner of a music archive numbering more than three million records and 300,000 CDs, from "the first CD ever produced" to Elvis Presley's Sun Records 45s, but he's finally had enough. The entire collection, indexed and catalogued, is now for sale. And while for years he entertained private offers from businesses and even the US Library of Congress, Mawhinney is sick of people backing out of deals. Now, it's serious. Now, the whole kit and caboodle will go to the highest bidder.

Mawhinney values the collection at more than $50 million but he may end up selling it for far, far less. It is for sale via the auction website eBay and its starting bid - at the time of writing still unmet - is a mere $3 million. More importantly, as the listing underlines, "This is a NO RESERVE auction. High bid wins."

Mawhinney is the owner of Record-Rama, a Pittsburgh-based shop, mail-order and music archive that has over 36 years become a shrine to the history of popular music. It is housed, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times, "in a 16,400-square-foot customized cavern/retail hub ... beneath a strip mall." The winning bidder will have to pay for the collection to be packed up and shipped out - to London, Dubai, Moscow or wherever the wealthy music geek resides.

Paul Mawhinney calls it the World's Greatest Music Collection, and he might just be right. He is the owner of a music archive numbering more than three million records and 300,000 CDs, from "the first CD ever produced" to Elvis Presley's Sun Records 45s, but he's finally had enough. The entire collection, indexed and catalogued, is now for sale. And while for years he entertained private offers from businesses and even the US Library of Congress, Mawhinney is sick of people backing out of deals. Now, it's serious. Now, the whole kit and caboodle will go to the highest bidder.

Mawhinney values the collection at more than $50 million but he may end up selling it for far, far less. It is for sale via the auction website eBay and its starting bid - at the time of writing still unmet - is a mere $3 million. More importantly, as the listing underlines, "This is a NO RESERVE auction. High bid wins."

Mawhinney is the owner of Record-Rama, a Pittsburgh-based shop, mail-order and music archive that has over 36 years become a shrine to the history of popular music. It is housed, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times, "in a 16,400-square-foot customized cavern/retail hub ... beneath a strip mall." The winning bidder will have to pay for the collection to be packed up and shipped out - to London, Dubai, Moscow or wherever the wealthy music geek resides.

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