Argentinas Beatles museum
|Beatles figurines from the new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: AP.|
Despite the fact that the Beatles never played in Argentina, an obsessive fan has put his country on the Beatlemania map. A Beatles museum has been open to the public in Buenos Aires since 2011.
The eclectic collection is the work of self-confessed obsessive Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant who became a fan at the age of 10 when he got their album Rubber Soul.
Since then he has collected everything he possibly can related to the Fab Four and has amassed more than 8,500 items. In 2001 he was recognised by Guinness World Records as having the planet’s largest collection, with a hoard of 5,612 items.
But his haul has kept growing and his museum, located on Avenue Corrientes in a tourist area of Buenos Aires, is only able to hold a quarter of it. The items will change on an annual basis, as Vazques plans to rotate stuff from his collection for display.
Vazquez claims he doesn’t know the total value of his private collection, which includes record covers, autographs, toys, original pictures, concert programs, and cups and plates with Beatle images.
His reason for creating a museum? “Otherwise all of it would be closed into boxes and trunks without anyone being able to enjoy them.” Something to consider for many of us, I believe.
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