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City of Camden looks to purchase Ross Beard Gun Collection for $700,000
Entire collection is worth $2 million
Ross and Collection
Ross Beard shows off part of his collection in May 2013 prior to the exhibit's opening at the Camden Archives and Museum. Beard is offering to sell his entire collection -- only a portion of which is currently on loan to the archives -- to the city of Camden. - photo by C-I file photo
The city of Camden may spend $700,000 to permanently acquire the Ross E. Beard Jr. Gun Collection, a significant portion of which is already housed at the Camden Archives and Museum. City Attorney Lawrence Flynn, who brought forward a proposal to generate a hospitality fee revenue bond to pay for the collection, said the collection would be “an exciting asset for the city.” Flynn called the collection a “museum-quality exhibit” that would potentially drive tourism.