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Bob Harman
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The previous posting on selling a rock collection and the recent posting on what to do with an inherited collection prompts me to give my views on this subject.

Collections can either be easily disposed of or are not readily saleable at all. The person wanting to dispose of the collection must first do an honest self-evaluation of the collection. This includes asking himself/herself "exactly what do I have here?".   Is the collection bought or self collected or both.    Is at least some of my collection of  reasonably nice examples which are properly trimmed, properly cleaned and prepared, and properly labeled? And how much have I invested, both in time and money, building and curating my collection?
 
If the answers to the above self-questions can be honestly answered positively, the collection should be quite saleable. In fact, most folks with these type collections already know what they have. Their collections don't necessarily have to be hi end, but they do have to have some appeal to both dealers and other collectors.    At the end of the day, these collectors will not have to post questions of "how to sell or dispose of my collection" on the websites. These collectors already will understand how they can dispose of it without posting the question.

On the other hand, those collectors posting these type questions on the websites somewhat suggest they might have, over the years, accumulated untrimmed, incompletely cleaned and prepared examples. If they are not each properly labeled, that makes matters even worse. These collectors really have let their collecting situation "get out of hand" and no longer know what they have. Few dealers or collectors will be interested in a collection (more properly an accumulation) of rocks that needs trimming, cleaning and preparation, and labeling, especially if the examples are of common minerals and not of obviously higher quality.

So, truly cared for collections usually are easily disposed of while accumulations of unprepared examples (often self-collected), especially if not appropriately labeled, are quite hard to dispose of.

As to how to actually dispose of the collection.   If it is a true collection, there will be many options including contacting dealers and other collectors thru a few phone calls or trips to the dealerships or club meetings etc.  
  If the "collection" is more or less an accumulation of untrimmed and unprepared examples with little dealer or collector interest shown, the best disposal option might be a donation to a school or museum with a tax deduction or just giving the collection away to someone else who will, over time, take the time and expertise to properly prepare each example.       BOB
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