Interesting facts about collections and collectors.

Almost everyone does something for the soul in their free time. But, according to statistics, more than 20% of the country's population is engaged in ... collecting. In Russia, collectors - 37%. At the same time, it is interesting that there are much fewer women collectors than men. In Russia, women are 2% less than men (36% versus 38%). Also, the majority of collectors are over 50. In Russia, this is 40% of collectors.

And ... collectors are less prone to stress and depression.

The inhabitants of the planet collect a variety of objects, and their collections for them the meaning of life.

Collecting is an activity that is worth millions, billions, trillions …… n-sums of money… ..

Collectors are amazing people they see in an ordinary object for the rest - value, history, significance ... and ... they can do anything for the sake of a new item in their collection.

Collections is the largest collection of collectors' objects ... ..

In addition, according to statistics, those who are engaged in this type of activity, create collections, usually become quite well-off. Plus, the following factor plays here: both the uniqueness of this collection and its value on the market.

According to experts, a collection is considered complete if it has 1-2% rarities.

The most expensive type of collecting is considered to be collecting antiques.

And, the most expensive private collection sold at auction cost $ 207.4 million. It collected works of art.

The most expensive and valuable collection is the collection of patents for inventions; its value simply cannot be estimated, even an approximate one. The collection consists of four thousand patents for inventions. It belonged to Thomas Edison, the world famous American inventor and entrepreneur. And what is interesting, these are all his inventions.

The most popular type of collecting in the world is coin collecting - numismatics. Moreover, in Russia every fifth collector of numismatics.

The fastest growing, in terms of speed, is collecting photographs.

The largest collection is a collection of tram cars, this collection also includes the Leningrad and

Moscow trams. The owner of such a collection is from Philadelphia, but no one knows his name. The following story is associated with this collection:

“In the 60s, the collector wanted to replenish his collection and sent a letter to the USSR asking him to send him a Russian tram. According to some reports, this letter even said that the collector had a 1911 Russian tram, but the collector wanted a data model of the years. After the meeting, a decision was made and…. the collector was sent 2 trams: Moscow and Leningrad "

The smallest collection is located in the former USSR and belongs to the Yerevan master Eduard Ghazaryan. Now in the collection of this master there is a huge set of miniatures, which can only be viewed through special strong magnifying glasses. Eduard Ghazaryan, by the way, is a violinist by profession. And therefore, he began his collection with a miniature violin measuring 15 millimeters, which he made himself. And then he made a locomotive train, which freely pass through the eyelet ... of the needles.

An amazing story is connected with one of his masterpieces: “On a human hair, the most common, the master wrote with a piece of diamond“ Workers of all countries, unite! ”. But, the Germans, who consider themselves universally recognized masters of making small things, naturally did not believe it. And in German newspapers there was a refutation of this fact. And then, the master pulled the hair out of his head and wrote on it "Hello to the German people!" and sent it to Berlin "

The collection of playing cards is considered to be one of the most complete; it is currently kept in the Hermitage. The collection includes over 2000 decks. This collection was created by General D.P. Ivkov (1849-1912).

But the most unique of its kind is the collection of white elephants, and this collection retains this title to this day. It is known that in 1767 the king of Burma started a war against Siam only because he envied the Siamese king's priceless collection of white elephants and wanted to get it for personal use.

And the very first collection was a collection of plants. This is the first collection that is mentioned and described in a scientific work. This collection was owned by an avid collector…. Aristotle. He collected and described a large, unique number of plants from many countries. And naturally, Alexander the Great was its main supplier.

And if anyone believes that collectors only collect objects from their collections, then they are deeply mistaken. A collector sometimes not only acquires a new copy for his collection, but discovers a new look, image, condition…. So, David Rockefeller, a financial genius, has been collecting ... insects since childhood. Moreover, his collection is estimated at about $ 2, 7 billion, and has about 157 thousand species. But the most interesting thing is that it was he who discovered three new species of insects, and two of them received his name.

And one of the collectors celebrates the birthday of his exhibits. On this occasion, guests come dressed in white, and the host serves only white dishes: rice. Cheese, potatoes, spaghetti, ice cream and coconut juice. Why should everything be like this, because American Stuart Himelfarb collects ... snowballs.

And in principle, I wonder what collections exist, and what do the inhabitants of the planet collect?