A collection of classics that has been built up over thirty or even fifty years… It can be impressive. And largely 'invisible'. We know of a collector who has 94 antique bicycles that his wife knows nothing about. A now XNUMX-year-old widow knew that her husband had some old motorcycles and the car they were married in.
After the collector missed his own last MOT, it turned out that more than 'a few' motorcycles and the wedding car remained. At least there were two sheds full of parts.
We are not relationship therapists
In the cases mentioned, we have not learned enough to arrive at a judgment in the communication between the former spouses. But discovering such surprises is more of a punishment than a blessing. "What is it? What should you do with it? ” And: "What is it worth?" And all this during a mourning period in which the first attention certainly does not go to a lot of unsorted old iron.
We know of one collection that was literally picked up by the old iron farmer. And somewhere in Groningen heirs have been fighting each other for more than twenty years now, while the shed housing 19 classics has since collapsed. Those kinds of stories don't make you happy as a fan.
Fortunately, it can also be done differently. A collection can be known and cherished within the family. And the collector may have kept his family informed about everything. That a paid price can sometimes be passed on somewhat low and that a somewhat rosy picture of the investment value can be given? Well, those are details.
From chaos to neatly kept
Such a collection can then be reasonably to well documented. The fact that there is usually still a post 'parts and miscellaneous' at the edges of the story can cause confusion. But eventually parts almost always end up in the trade. That can be a win-win situation. The heirs are rid of a lot of 'rubbish'. And we know one trader who has become a successful supplier based on a single purchase and now ships its parts worldwide.
In the case of the settlement of the current case, it is after the death of the collector after the textbook example of how it can be done. The collector was passionate and amiable. He maintained close family ties and was by no means an eccentric collecting hermit.
A textbook example of how it can be done
His lovingly built collection is museum-worthy and documented. The point of view is that it would be ideal if the collection could find a new home unshared, but that is negotiable. What is not negotiable is that cars and motorcycles go to dealers or auction houses. That would do too much of a break with the emotional charge of the story. Because saying goodbye to a loved one is tough, but giving up material memories is tough too. Because it always takes a while before the realization sinks in that the memories are permanent between the ears and do not have to remain in the shed.
If you have the serious wish to start a professional motorcycle museum, we can put you in touch with the manager of this estate.