Beatles Fan's Personal Collection Becomes Museum

Beatles Fan's Personal Collection Becomes Museum

Buenos Aires : Argentina | Jan 17, 2011 at 4:36 PM PST
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Hector Timerman (R) and Han Changfu (L) in Buenos Aires

Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant who made the Guiness Book of World Records in 2001 for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia on Earth, has turned his mammoth collection into a museum in Buenos Aires, in a section of the city that is known for tourism.

Although the Beatles never actually played in Argentina, Vazquez took a liking to the Fab Four at the age of ten, after purchasing their Rubber Soul album. From that point on, he collected anything he could find in Buenos Aires, and even started trading with other Beatles enthusuasts from other countries by mail, a practices which is still uses today. He says he still buys and trades through the mail with people in Britain, Brazil and Japan.

Although the band officially broke up in 1970, enthusiasm for the group is still going strong. When their music was introduced on iTunes in 2010, more than 2 million individual songs and 450,000 copies of their albums were sold in the first week. Vazquez himself organizes "Beatle Week" in Buenos Aires every year, where cover bands compete to be crowned the best imitators of the sixties super group. The winners win a trip to a music festival in Liverpool.

Vazquez says that ultimately his goal is to rotate pieces of his collection every year in the museum so that other enthusiasts can enjoy as much of his collection as possible. He says with everything he's collected over the years, the only thing is really missing is a handshake from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two members of the band still living.

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