This past Sunday, my family lost a wonderful Uncle to Prostate Cancer. His service is this Friday and we're all just taking this week one day at a time. However, I've always wondered what happens to people's collections when they pass away. I mean, what will happen to my 1,000+ books when I'm gone? Will my niece like the books I've picked out for her to add to her collection? Or will she send them off to have them picked up by a charity because there's just too many?
With my Uncle passed on now, I know he has some books in his house in a spare room. But I'm not sure who will get them. He never specified who was going to be getting what from his Will; but I'm sure we will find out soon enough.
However, I have always wondered what happens to collections of famous people once they've passed on. Did their families split up the books and share them around? Or were they shipped off to a charity, a school or somewhere else? Or did the unfortunate person who passed on not have a family to give their books to and the whole collection ended up being stuck somewhere else or given to a second-hand bookstore where it was split up completely?