New York Public Library Hosting Massive Record Sale
- Words: Jesse Sussman
The New York Public Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Sound is parting ways with its enormous hoard of duplicate vinyl records—which altogether amounts to roughly 22,000 LPs, most of which stem from decades of donations—and is currently in the process of hosting a massive sale to prune off the collection. Through a statement on its website, the library endorsed the diversity of the records, and provided insight on their general conditions: "There is a great chance that someone will find more than one diamond in the not-so-rough. Many of the recordings have never been played, bear promotional stamps, and remain sealed in shrink wrap." Although there isn't an inventory of the LPs to be sold, crate diggers and vinyl enthusiasts will be pleased to know that New York Public Library has arranged the records by label and issue number "to make it easier for those who know precisely their prey." On that note, the library also anticipated the rush made by their spontaneous announcement, saying, "We will do our best to provide bags. If you think you will need a box—you know who you are—we will have some on hand while they last." Day one of the sale happened yesterday, but The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound will open its doors twice more to help sell off the huge collection; more information can be found here.
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