The world’s largest record collection

Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what has become the world’s largest record collection. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry Paul is being forced to sell his collection.

This is the story of a man and his records. I hope you enjoy it.

Sean Dunne, Director  / / @SeanVeryApe on twitter


  • Andy C says:

    And I thought I had it bad…

  • Grant Posner says:

    I completely agree, it is depressing that the world does not care about vinyl albums. I am 20 years old and I respect, play and collect vinyl albums. Paul is one of the great men out there that still love this form of music and I hope that whoever buys his collection will take great care of it… If I had that kind of money and the space for them, I would be heading to where he is located to buy them from him. It is a shame his legacy is coming to an end…

  • Lance says:

    As an amature collector, this guy’s collection is incredible, and I love to come see his shop sometime.

  • Scott Neuman says:

    I had appraised Pauls collection and it came in the millions of dollars. He had tried to sell the collection on Ebay and it created huge publicity for the collection. Paul also has a book out that catalogs 45’s from the 50’s to the 80’s and is a great reference piece. In addition, he had a number of labels that he also released songs.
    Scott Neuman

  • Stefan says:

    A shame this collection cant find a home.
    But he is right . it will take 10 15 years (maybe 20) then ppl wake up.
    I like that part 1948 – 1966 83 % of the music he have can not be bought anywhere at any price.
    There are even more music that have never seen daylight after they was on vinyl.

    Wish i had 3 Million USD + shipped it all here to sweden and archived them gladly for 40 50 years. And built it even larger if possible :)

  • Freddie says:

    Not that this will help his collection find a home, but …. vinyl is actually making a comeback, thanks in part to DJ culture. A growing number of people, especially young people, are getting “groovy”, and vinyl is one of the only sectors of the music industry that has shown growth over the past few years. Maybe that’s because you you can’t really rip/download/share an ALBUM, even if you can convert the sounds to some extent. (Anyone who’s handled a record should know what I mean.)

    The real idiots are in the industry, which should be promoting the hell out of vinyl over digital formats.

  • SusannaGrant says:

    Hi Freddie,
    We are huge vinyl fans here and have been tracking the rise in popularity of vinyl with great pleasure – see our article ‘Vinyl – A New Hope’
    Also you might like this:

    Society of Sound

  • Sean Hughes says:

    Wow!, great footage, and such an amazing collection made by an amazing man. Paul I’m sure I speak for everyone who watches your short film, that if they had that money, you would have had a sale a million times over.
    I am also an avid vinyl collector, mainly funk, soul, disco. Your collection is amazing!. When you say “All I have is Music” what a fantastic thing to have so prominent in your life, little pieces of vinyl memories!

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