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Boomboxes auction checked out by thousands

A Dunedin man selling his collection of 300 music boomboxes from the 1980s says he would like them to go somewhere the public can see them.

Craig Kenton's 15 year collection of 300 classic 80’s portable music players are up for sale on TradeMe, with a starting price of $20,000. Source: 1 NEWS

Nineteen-thousand people have checked out boombox collector Craig Kenton's Trade Me ad for the music machine collection which has a starting price of $20,000. 

"I'd like to see them go to a museum or somewhere where the public can see them 'cause a lot of these bring back memories to a lot of people," Mr Kenton told ONE News.

Digital technology enables music devices these days to be tiny compared to the boomboxes, beatboxes and ghetto blasters of the past.

After 15 years of passionate collecting, Mr Kenton's time with them is up.

"The collection's got to where I can go as far as I can with it. It'd be nice to pass it on to someone else and if they want to carry it on there's still hundreds more models out there," he said.

The techy gizmos are a marvel for music aficionados.

"These things have just disappeared so quickly. They've reached collectible antique far too fast," said music historian Roy Colbert.

What the collection is worth won't be known until next Monday night when the online auction closes.