Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Largest collection of Simpsons memorabilia-Glynne
Williams sets world record
BRISTOL, UK -- Glynne Williams, a 42 year-old
courier, owns a collection of Simpsons memorabilia containing
more than 30,000 items-which sets the new world record for
collection of Simpsons memorabilia.
Photo: A fibreglass Lisa, Marge and Maggie
enjoy a look through Glynne Williams's Largest
collection of Simpsons memorabilia Photo: Glynne
Williams, who has been ardent fan of the
Simpsons, all his life, is now said to have shelled out not
less than 150,000 pounds on a massive collection based on
the popular cartoon family – the Simpsons.
His life, at one time, possibly had revolved
around the toon character, which is why the man, even when
he is 42-years-old now, boasts of having a 200-pound arcade
game based on the cartoon and splashes another 150 pounds
per month on trinkets.
There's a Simpsons eau de cologne set from
Spain. There’s a Springfield nuclear power plant lava lamp
from Florida. There’s a limited edition lunch box made in
Japan, which Williams actually tracked down in Australia.
collection of Simpsons memorabilia (or, as Williams
and his somewhat martyred-looking wife Adreena refer to it,
‘the monster’) began more than 12 years ago with item zero,
a poster, now embedded deep in the loft’s strata; some plastic
figures followed, and then Simpsonania became his default
Christmas-birthday gift setting (these days, he says: ‘I only
have eBay numbers on my gift list.’).
Williams dedicates about three hours a day
to eBay, buying about 10 items a week and spending £150 a
month on his habit.
Williams has already been featured in local papers
and women’s magazines (‘They tried to say we’d sacrificed
everything for the collection, which isn’t true,’ he says.
‘We’re not loons’); Morgan ‘Super-Size Me’ Spurlock has interviewed
Williams for a television special as part of Fox’s 20th-anniversary
The man now hopes to turn his Largest
collection of Simpsons memorabilia into a museum.
He says only close friends and family have seen the collection,
but he thinks there is enough interest in the bright yellow
characters to open it up to the public.
"What I'd like to do is put
them on display in a unit somewhere in Patchway, and put Patchway
on the map globally. Maybe I could even get a unit in Cribbs
Causeway or Cabot Circus to show them off."
Glynne said: "The Simpsons appeal to the
child in all of us – I think it is the primary colours."
The previous Guinness world record for the
collection of Simpsons memorabilia was set by Cameron
Gibbs of Skye, Victoria, Australia, with 2,580 items.
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January 5, 2010