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A collection so big it cannot be catalogued.  Citizen Kane 1941 starring Orson Welles & Joseph Cotten & Dorothy Comingore & Everett Sloane & Ray Collins & George Coulouris & Agnes Moorehead & Paul Stewart & Ruth Warrick & Erskine Sanford & William Alland et al, director Orson Welles

 

 

I was thinking of all the years I’ve wasted collecting stamps.  Duck Soup 1933 starring Groucho Marx & Harpo Marx & Chico Marx & Zeppo Marx & Margaret Dumont & Louis Calhern & Raquel Torres & Edgar Kennedy & Edmund Breese & Edwin Maxwell & William Worthington & Davison Clark & Charles Middleton et al, director Leo McCarey, Rufus to his beloved

 

 

Richard Sangster from the Netherlands began collecting soft-drink cans in 1983 and now has more than 10,000 including a German series of Backstreet Boys Pepsi cans.  Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006

 

Kurt Meadows of Richlands, Virginia, has been collecting key chains since he was a boy.  He now has a massive collection of more than 24,000 key chains – all of them different.  ibid.

 

Steve Dixon has been collecting airline sick-bags for 23 years.  In that time he has amassed a collection of more than 180 bags.  ibid.

 

 

This was the first day of our beginning to take up plants: we had much pleasure in collecting them for the natives offered their assistance and perfectly understood the method of taking them up and pruning them.  William Bligh

 

 

Collecting shoes is my biggest hobby.  I’ve got a couple hundred pairs of Nikes and Jordans.  I got a lot of hats, too.  I like to play basketball, but nothing competition wise.  Chumlee

 

 

The world of [comic book] collecting is not a pretty place.  For a bunch of guys who like good-over-evil stories, you sure meet a lot of morally bankrupt assholes.  Seth, Wimbledon Green

 

 

The Rothschilds have for centuries … a strong family tradition for building and collecting.  Gordon Watson, The Extraordinary Collector I-VI, BBC 2016

 

An unparalleled collection of eighteenth century art and furniture.  ibid.

 

In 1766 the founder of one such auction house – James Christie, conducted the very first sale.  ibid.  II

 

These interior designers have big budgets and significant buying power.  ibid.  VI

 

London’s Berkeley Square in the heart of Mayfair will be given over to one of the world’s top art and interior design fairs – PAD … a stand … around £60,000 plus VAT.  ibid.

 

 

G as in gleaners: to glean is to gather after the harvest … The original painting is at the Orsay.  The Gleaners & I, 2000

 

A whole day in the sun with gnats and mosquitoes biting.  ibid.  

 

Urban and rural gleaners all stoop to pick up … To bend down is not to beg.  ibid.

 

In paintings they were always in clusters, rarely alone.  ibid.

 

‘But 25 tons [of potatoes] are rejected.’  ibid.

 

‘We’re better off working in the fields than shoplifting.’  ibid.

 

These vintage wines have been entirely harvested and the surplus has been deliberately left on the ground.  ibid.

 

‘I’ve always like the world of dumps and salvage.’  ibid.

 

‘People collect the oysters that have come loose.’  ibid.

 

‘Salvaging is a matter of ethics for me.’  ibid.

 

 

When I was a boy there was much talk of hobbies; you were supposed to have a hobby just as you would need a career in later life.  And the default hobby, the one that almost every child including me dabbled in was stamp collecting … It brought colour and light into the drabness of an English living room.  Timeshift: Penny Blacks and Twopenny Blues, BBC 2017

 

They’ve been symbols of our national identity … Each stamp is an aesthetic event, a work of minuscule art.  ibid.   

 

They became objects of desire in their own right.  ibid.

 

The penny black as the first ever stamp … proved an immediate success.  ibid.

 

In 2014 the one-cent magenta sold at auction for a record figure … with the premium the stamp has just sold for approximately $9.5 million.  ibid.    

 

By the early 1960s commemoratives had become a fixture.  ibid.

 

 

Two friends stumble upon a unique and valuable piece of Motion Picture history in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Collection, short 11.13, short of the week online review, 2017

 

In 2015 the collection was appraised at between $8-10 million.  ibid.

 

 

I have the largest collection of video games in the world.  The Last Move, Michael Thomasson, 2016   

 

I have over 11,000 distinctly different games, all unique, and over a 108 games systems.  ibid.  

 

Now I’m selling the collection.  ibid.

 

 

In 1978-79, Peggy Guggenheim gave what was to become the last interview of her life for Jacqueline B Weld’s biography, Peggy: The Wayward Guggenhiem.  Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, BBC 2016, opening caption

 

Interviewer: You’ve often said your greatest achievement was your discovery of Pollock.

 

Guggenheim: Yeah, I think so.

 

Interviewer: And your collection?

 

Guggenheim: That was my second achievement.  ibid.

 

 

A world … where art is considered purely decorative and the artist a mere craftsman … This is the story of the private collectors who brought a wealth of treasures from overseas.  Helen Rosslyn, Bought With Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections I: The Pioneers, BBC 2013

 

Just £50 bought a full-length portrait from Holbein.  ibid.

 

The 14th Earl of Arundel, known to history as the Collector Earl … one of the most distinguished patrons and collectors of art this country has ever known.  ibid.  

 

Titian would become a passion for Arundel.  ibid.

 

Buckingham went after the big pictures.  ibid.

 

Six hundred anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci bought by Arundel.  ibid.

 

Rubens and his pupil Van Dyck: and it was the Arundels who were largely responsible for introducing these two painters to England.  ibid.

 

The Earl of Pembroke was creating an Italian art palace in the English countryside.  ibid.

 

The Exeters picked up where the Arundels left off … The shock of the new.  ibid.

 

 

England’s Apollo of the Arts – Richard Boyle.  Helen Rosslyn, Bought With Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections II: The Golden Age

 

[Thomas] Cook’s grand tour lasted six years … The boisterous young Cook was seduced by the art of Italy.  ibid.  

 

In a boom year like 1725 the British imported over 750 paintings and 6,000 prints from Italy alone.  ibid.

 

Long before the Impressionists, Canaletto was painting out of doors.  ibid.  

 

Richmond commissioned some Venetian views by Canaletto … displayed at Richmond House.  ibid.

 

Canaletto: these are pure cityscapes celebrating the beauty of buildings and the joy of city life.   Canaletto showed us that it was quite acceptable to paint places as a subject in their own right.  ibid.

 

Goodwood House: the third duke was quick to embrace the newly popularized sporting portrait.  ibid. 

 

In the 1750s the Duke began a palatial new stable block at Goodwood.  ibid.

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