Woman splashes £100k on world’s largest snow globe collection

The woman who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of snow globes has revealed that she has spent more than £100,000 on the ornaments.

Weny Suen, 50, from China, has been collecting snow globes for 20 years and has held the record for the largest collection since 2005.

The priciest ornament in her 4,328-strong assortment is a Louis Vuitton snow globe which cost her £7,500. In total, she estimates that she has spent a whopping £124,00 on the hoard of globes.

Suen says that while she still has an overwhelming urge to purchase a globe whenever she sees a design she doesn't own, she has now run out of space to keep them.

Suen said: "I have arranged and displayed my globes into zones with different themes, so my snow globe room is filled with beautiful colour globes.

"I have created a snow globe museum and whenever I am feeling down or bored, I will take some time to look at my different globes.

"It just excites me to add them into my collection, the satisfaction of finally completing an entire set is so pleasing beyond words."

Suen's first snow globe was a gift from her husband in 2001.

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The ornament, which had a 24-carat gold computer mouse inside, inspired the beginning of a collection.

She said: "Snow globes take me away from reality and let me escape a little from stress, and bring me back down memory lane."

Since then, her collection has grown to above 3,000 ornaments. Suen says she has become pickier about the globes she buys.

"So instead of buying any globe, even ones in the dollar shop, I am now only attracted to globes with better craftsmanship, prettier looks, more creative designs or it's a discontinued globe that is rare."

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She also seeks out rare ornaments from online sellers in the hope of completing full sets of snow globes.

One example is a set of five Disney princess hourglasses, which took Suen a decade to complete and cost her £3,784 to complete.

Suen has now created a 200 square foot room in her home in Hong Kong, China, where shelves of globes line the walls from floor to ceiling.

She said: "A snow globe is a symbol of love," and added that collecting them "gives [her] a purpose".

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