It's not everyday that someone wants to sell their pharmacy museum on eBay. Sure, we'll get in the odd mortar and pestle every once and a while. But this collection was unlike anything we'd ever seen.
Dr. Earl Mindell is a pharmacist, writer and nutritionist who has spent his career advocating wellness and homeopathic medicine. Over the past 50 years, he has collected items from antique shops, private collections and antique markets all over the world. His collection features apothecary jars, mortar & pestles, hand-held scales, measuring beakers, old-fashioned toiletries, handwritten pharmacy ledgers, vintage drugstore signs, Parke Davis and Rexall antiques, Victorian era eye baths, inhalers, balances, tobacco pipes, figurines and so much more!
Three large rooms of his guesthouse were converted into a museum to display this magnificent collection. But Dr. Mindell decided it was time to move on, and sell the museum to a collector who could appreciate all the details - down to the stained glass window and cabinets.
Dr. Mindell was firm in his decision to sell the museum as one big collection, rather than splitting it up into smaller lots. It was all a matter of finding the right buyer.
And after almost a year, the collection has finally been sold! SHOPitLA is also happy to report that this museum will be recreated in its entirety by a pharmacist from Ohio and his very generous wife, who bought it for him as a gift!
We are so pleased that Dr. Mindell can see his fantastic collection off to a good home, where it is sure to be appreciated for years to come.
If you'd like to see more pictures from this one of a kind museum, please visit our Picasa web album.