List of record collectors

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Andy Kershaw's record collection reportedly weighed seven tons at one point.

This article lists the owners of the largest private music collections, some of which have been donated to public institutions for their study and preservation. As of 2017, the largest record collection with over 6 million items belongs to Zero Freitas.

Over 1 million items[edit]

Over 100,000 items[edit]

John Peel's record collection contains 26,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and 40,000 CDs.[3]

Over 50,000 items[edit]

  • Dr. Dre (born 1965): 80,000 items, sold.[23]
  • Carlos Martín Ballester (born 1974): 75,000 78 rpm records (carlosmb archive) plus 5,000 78 rpms records and 200 cylinders (private collection).[24] It is the largest collection of 78 rpm records pressed in Spain. Part of the archive is on sale and new items are added regularly.[25]
  • Elton John (born 1947): 70,000 items.[26] He accumulated a large vinyl record collection, including the purchase of BBC producer Bernie Andrews' personal collection of every 45 rpm pop record released in Britain from 1964 to 1975.[27] Contemporaneous accounts of his lavish lifestyle gave the size as 250,000 records.[citation needed] He sold the collection in 1993 to raise money for AIDS charity.[28]
  • Daniele Baldelli (born 1952): 65,000 items.[29]
  • Ray Avery (1920–2002): over 63,000 items (Ray Avery Collection), specialized in jazz, donated to the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987.[30]
  • DJ Shadow (born 1972): over 60,000 records.[31]
  • Alex Paterson (born 1959): 60,000 items.[32]
  • Alejandra Fierro Eleta (born c. 1959): over 50,000 items (Gladys Palmera Collection), largest private archive of Latin music.[33][34] As of 2019, she claimed to have 55,000 vinyl records and 45,000 CDs;[35] or 60,000 vinyl records and 35,000 CDs.[36]

Over 10,000 items[edit]

Others[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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