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Record Theatre mogul Lenny Silver's estate sale loaded with music memorabilia

During his decades in the music business, the late Record Theatre, Transcontinent Record Sales and Amherst Records founder Lenny Silver amassed a treasure trove of collectibles.

Now, much of that collection is for sale.

The Lenny Silver estate sale kicked off at 1 p.m. today and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2. The sale takes place in Silver's home, at 172 Halwill Drive in Snyder.

Silver's basement den looks like a music memorabilia collector's vision of nirvana.

Down a staircase lined with leopard print wallpaper you'll find records, posters, autographed gold and platinum albums, a collection of funky '70s sport jackets that would make Herb Tarlek green with envy, publicity stills, music-related books, crates full of 45s, 8-track tapes, vintage stereo equipment, framed art, music periodicals, and a bevy of Elvis Presley collectibles.

It's all cool stuff. But it conjures in me some conflicted emotions. Like so many other members of the Buffalo music community, I worked for Silver for many years. During that time, I too amassed a sizeable collection of ephemera. It all means something to me, as I'm sure Silver's collection did to him. But these days, it all serves to remind me of what feels like a bygone era, when the record store was the hub of the music community, and having a well-stocked collection of Creem magazines, a near-mint edition of "Let It Be," or an autographed R.E.M. poster felt like a badge of honor.

Sadly, like Record Theatre itself, that feeling seems to be a thing of the past.

Still, I'll be there. I've got my eye on that mint-looking original copy of "Beatles VI"…

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