THE STATUS OF THE COLLECTION

Going through the Alex Shear Collection is our most all-time consuming task. After sitting for over a decade the amount of deterioration has taken its toll on many of the pieces. The rust on metal objects, the mold and water stains on paper, the musty smell of being in trailers for so long…


The collection was packed into boxes, or just thrown into the trailers. The boxes which contain most of the items, had been placed with no organization. Pieces belonging to one item have been spread into multiple boxes, each containing a single piece of the item. Many key parts belonging to a single item remain missing, and thus can’t be presented until the task of examining all the boxes is complete.







THE COST…

Everyone in this industry knows that there is a fine line between collecting and . . . As the desire to acquire increases occasionally the perception of what is of value decreases. Combine this along with the fact the collection was begun pre-eBay which equates to a further monetary decline of the collections value.


Then the theft of part of the collection which is now being looked at by the N.Y. State Attorney General’s Office.


Add on the cost of storage and labor to go through the collection…


It is truly one of the biggest gambles I have ever taken.



SO WHY CONTINUE?