With the holidays coming, here's a gift for the music fan who has everything: How about an entire record store? On the Beat Records, in London, is going for some $482,000 on eBay. It's "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live the High Fidelity life!" the posting notes, calling the store "the oldest record shop in the center of Swinging London." Owner Tim Derbyshire, 59, opened the shop's doors in 1979. He's hoping a buyer will take over the stock, which includes music memorabilia from the 1960s to 1980s, and keep the place running, the New York Times reports.
"Without someone buying it, it will disappear. If you’re mad about music, love vinyl, and want to keep the dream alive, here’s your chance to take on an Aladdin’s Cave of musical gems," he says in the post, which has received more than 30 offers. The "musical gems," the Guardian notes, include funk, soul, country, folk, jazz, and even 1990s pop records. "If you're at the stage in your life when you don't have to worry about making money but can live the bohemian life, meet interesting people every day and the occasional pop or rock star, here's your chance," Derbyshire writes, calling the store profitable.