Unusual Collections

Wang Guohua collects cigarette boxes. Lisa Courtney has accumulated the largest assortment of Pokemon collectables. There’s John Reznikoff, who holds the world record for having the biggest collection of hair samples from celebrities. It doesn’t matter if they’re found objects, comic books, or movie ticket stubs, the majority of us, regularly, collect something. Now, because of the New Museum, we’ve been given a view into the more private worlds of collecting.

Among artist Ohtake and an endless gift of vintage photographs by Hendeles, some artistry takes point at studying the assorted things we keep and the ways we hold onto them. To support their current exhibition, the New Museum launched a campaign with the hashtag #TheKeeper, which asks participants to share stories and images about the things they collect and why.

Collection of old vintage keys.

As an art reporter describes the exhibition in his article, “it studies the urge to archive, protect, and preserve objects and proposes blurred lines between destructive and benign forms of classification.”

Unusual Collectibles

  • Hotel room keys
  • Pink plastic
  • Bells
  • Clicky pens
  • Buttons
  • Costume jewelry
  • Novelty pens
  • Fruit remains
  • Back scratchers
  • Soap bars
  • 30,000 Toenail Clippings
  • Prison shanks/Homemade weapons
  • Daleks
  • Umbrella cover sleeves
  • Coca-Cola cans and bottles
  • Cloth
  • Vintage books
  • Chicken-related items
  • Troll dolls
  • Celebrity hair locks
  • Belly button fluff
  • McDonalds memorabilia
  • Pokémon memorabilia
  • Dalmatians
  • Nicotine gumball
  • Cellphones
  • Sugar packets
  • Banana stickers
  • Joker cards
  • Love dolls
  • Autographs
  • Scratch cards
  • Barbie dolls
  • Water bottle labels
  • Raggedy Ann dolls
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Nails
  • Traffic cones
  • Dresses
  • Airline barf bag
  • Hot sauce collection
  • Paper dolls
  • Super soakers
  • Dice
  • Milk bottles
  • Miniature chairs
  • Talking clocks
  • Erasers
  • Do Not Disturb hotel signs
  • Toothbrushes
  • Napkins
  • Teddy Bears
  • Surfboards
  • Prepared food items
  • Gas Station Signs
  • Happy Meal Toys
  • Beer Mugs
  • Police Badges
  • Nazi Memorabilia
  • Rubber Duckies
  • Santa Claus
  • Superman” Memorabilia
  • Antique Clocks
  • Shrine to Britain’s Royal Family