Their lives are driven, in some instances, by the thrill of the search. Or, the research and finally the acquisition of the addition to the collection can be the prize.
I know I've been a collector for a long, long time.
It really doesn't matter what is collected. The knowledge of many collectors is staggering. It can be encyclopedic on one subject or scattered to a whole genre - say, Mexican folkart or books or whatever.
Some people collect so many different things that they don't have collections, they have lots of stuff.
Enter my friend in Vancouver. His vast knowledge of Malcolm Lowry, the author of "Under the Volcano" is mesmerizing. He is considered an expert both in his collection and his knowledge.
I find it fascinating the things people focus on and how it came to be.
His collection has been sold. Many days of people boxing and carefully carrying off this lifteime collection has been completed. The book dealer, who was the purchaser, was nearly salivating as he left with all of these treasures.
I asked my friend if he was sad and he said, "No, it has been a delight, but a new life is beginning". Aaah.
No se puede vivir sin amar.