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Collector Barney Smith is closing his quirky gallery — and selling his collection of 1,300 decorated toilet seats inside

ARTIST Barney Smith may soon be feeling flush because he has put his decorated toilet seat collection up for sale. Barney, 96, has more than 1,300 toilet seats he has decorated and displays in a gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Experts say they may be worth tens of thousands. Barney said: “I was a plumber […]

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ARTIST Barney Smith may soon be feeling flush because he has put his decorated toilet seat collection up for sale.

Barney, 96, has more than 1,300 toilet seats he has decorated and displays in a gallery in San Antonio, Texas.

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Barney Smith is shutting down his toilet seat gallery in Texas[/caption]

Experts say they may be worth tens of thousands. Barney said: “I was a plumber so found seats easy to come by.”

He is looking to sell up and experts predict that while not priceless, the collection could be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Barney explained:”I used my first toilet seat when I needed a wooden shield to put little deer horns on and picked up a toilet seat – and that was the beginning of the collection. Now I have putting other material I collected onto toilet seats for the last 70 years.

“I was a plumber at the time I got started and my plumber friends would round up seats for me. I once got 50 toilet seats from a plumbing supply. They were brand new but damaged in shipment.

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Experts estimate Barney Smith’s toilet seat collection to be valued tens of thousands of dollars[/caption]

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Barney Smith started collecting toilet seats when he was working as a plumber[/caption]

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The artist’s toilet seat’s collection has now surpassed 1,300[/caption]

“They said they were putting them in the dumpster, so I said I would like them. Now it’s become a public museum.”

Barney didn’t open his collection to the public until 1992, and now only opens up the doors – and lids – by appointment.

But some of America’s biggest manufacturers of toilets and bathrooms are expected to try and lift the lid on his astonishing gallery – and increase Barney’s bottom line by a large sum of money.

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Barney Smith opened his toilet seat gallery in 1992[/caption]

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Barney Smith’s toilet seat gallery is the largest of its kind[/caption]

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The quirky attraction draws in thousands of tourists every year[/caption]

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Barney Smith started collecting toilet seats when he was 26 years old[/caption]

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The Texan native only opens up his gallery for appointments[/caption]

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Barney is now 96 and wants to enjoy a more peaceful life[/caption]

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Barney said his collection was easy to build as seats are ‘easy to come by’[/caption]

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