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Behind every collector's obsession is a story. Hear the world's most passionate enthusiasts share surprising tales about their personal collections — and their unbreakable connections with them.

Dec 16, 2019

Swimming pools! Color television! Air conditioning! The American motel — particularly the quirky, independent kind seen along highways in the 1950s and 60s — fascinates writer James Lileks, whose 500 or so motel postcards capture the motel's midcentury heyday.'s "The American Motel" postcard archive •...

Nov 26, 2019

Matthew Kennedy secretly bought his first Barbie doll as a young boy — but it wasn't until adulthood that he became confident enough to share his 1,000-plus doll collection with the world, in large part through his witty, eye-catching Instagram feed.

@barbieonthebrain on InstagramMatthew's Los Angeles Times

Nov 13, 2019

Good grief! With the largest known collection of Snoopy memorabilia Down Under, Lisa Ridey is constantly on the lookout for items to add to her massive collection — as well as space in her family's suburban Sydney home for displaying it.

Lisa's 2014 appearance on Australian TV • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still...

Oct 29, 2019

Banksy, the anonymous artist and provocative prankster, has garnered headlines around the world — and captured the imagination of British art dealer John Brandler, whose collection of 30 Banksy works includes a mural that appeared overnight on a garage in Wales.

Brandler Galleries website • Opening theme: "Keepers"...

Oct 14, 2019

When real estate broker Bruce Pascal was reunited with his childhood Hot Wheels car collection, it jump-started a collecting quest that's netted him more than 5,000 items including rare cars, vintage promotional materials, and prototype designs of the popular toys — and turned him into a passionate Hot Wheels...