Searching for Value: Hanne’s Collection

Sometimes the value of an item is tied to the item itself: the rarity of the gems, the uniqueness of the silk. But sometimes the value of an item comes from the circumstances around its creation and/or acquisition: from the story that surrounds the object or experience. In this short piece, a Danish museum curator at the National Geological Museum of Denmark, details the changing status of a collection: received in the late 1800s from a young, unknown naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin, this collection now has tremendous value derived from his more recent celebrity. Unearthing these stories or creating opportunities for their emergence can be a powerful tool for combating the homogenization of purchasing.


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