Im Februar wurde die größte Plattensammlung der Welt (3 Millionen LPs, 45s, CDs, Cassetten and 8-Track Bänder) für das Mindestgebot von 3 Mio. Dollar bei Ebay versteigert, doch leider ging der Käufer bankrott, Mr. Mawhinney wird seine Sammlung nicht los.
Dan Majors schreibt in der Pittsburgh Post-Gazette am 22.08.:
Mr. Mawhinney said, he quit buying compact discs in 2002. He sold his collection of 300,000 CDs in the past few weeks.
The rest of his collection — including half a million albums, more than a million 45s, and thousands of cassettes and eight-track tapes — is now behind locked doors.
He said he tried to find a new home for his records, but one potential buyer went bankrupt and another, responding to an eBay auction, turned out to be bogus. He shopped the collection around to museums, but there was little if any interest, and no one wanted to pay him anything near what he believes it to be worth.