Sell or donate?
I recently saw a comment, on FaceBook, about someone having bought a piece of history when the Smithsonian was having a sale back in the 1970’s. I thought, “How terrible that the Smithsonian would sell its historical items.” I then recalled reading an article about the abundance of items they actually have and how much of it is in storage. Upon a quick search to confirm this information I found this link… http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/28/AR2011012802985.html
I also read an article this week about George Washington’s copy of the Constitution being sold at auction – expecting to sell for millions. It is currently owned by a private collector. Here’s that link… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/12/george-washington-constitution-auction_n_1591028.html?1339531553&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk3&pLid=169302
I was also appalled at THAT. Which led me to wonder if I were in possession of a “national treasure” if I would sell it to the highest bidder or donate to the Smithsonian, or National Archives, or something. So, realistically, I suppose it would be a matter of whether I needed the money. It’s certainly hard to turn down the opportunity to make millions of dollars and be set for life. I would like to think that I would donate it, but I really don’t know (it would be a nice dilemma to have though wouldn’t it?).
Then I got thinking about the person buying it. Would the government actually purchase it? Oh, I hope not – “we” don’t have that kind of money. Maybe the seller would donate the money to the government to pay down debt… probably not.
Hmm, back to the idea of the Smithsonian selling things. May be it’s not such a bad idea. Not to belittle All in the Family fans, but does Archie Bunker’s chair really need to be in the Smithsonian? I bet there is some wealthy fan who would just love to own that! Maybe selling some of the non-essential items from the museum could actually help the government pay down the national debt.
Of course, it’s all a matter of choices (one of my favorite topics – grin) – which brings me to one more link. This is a silly little tune that I couldn’t get out of my head. “A Positive tune from a Negative talent.” Teehee. Enjoy, and it’s okay to laugh – laughter is good for us! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYbZ_b41ki8