There has recently been a rumor from Europe that the Woodin Laboratory collection has been sold. This is not correct. The collection has not been sold, although there has been some ongoing interest by potential buyers. I spoke with John Woodin yesterday and he assured me that the goal of keeping the collection intact and in a place where it could be a resource for collectors and others remains the family’s top priority. The collection is secure in the lab and there is no rush to sell.
In fact, during this time one of the Woodin Lab directors, Chip Orr, is maintaining his schedule of working in the lab about one day a week. Chip, who lives in Tucson, is a professional-grade photographer and technology expert, and he has just finished photographing the contents of every drawer in the lab. He has also photographed each display board and is about to begin photographing or scanning Bill’s reference library, beginning with the most important documents. Chip is a volunteer who has created a high-quality photographic record documenting the lab and its contents, and we all owe him a lot. And if that weren’t enough, Chip has also been organizing and cleaning the lab, which is a monumental task. I put a couple of photos of the lab taken after his cleaning and organizing below. The floor sparkles and everything looks bright and neat. So, the time waiting for a buyer to surface has been well spent, not wasted.