Museum dedicated to broken relationships opens in LA
A museum devoted to the broken hearted has opened its second branch in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The American version of the Museum of Broken Relationships has 115 donated artefacts on display, which each represent a bitter breakup or sordid love affair.
Items range from love letters and photographs, to underwear, breast implants, belly button lint, and even a jar of spicy Amish pickles.
"I bought these as a present for the first guy I ever (thought I) loved," says a description by the anonymous donator.
"He stopped returning my texts before I ever got a chance to give them to him."
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The original museum started in Zagreb, Croatia in 2006, after co-founders Drazen Grubisic and Olinka Vistica broke up and got stuck when it came to dividing their sentimental memorabilia.
They didn't want to just get rid of it, so they created a museum.
The Los Angeles display, which opened last weekend, was curated by lawyer John Quinn, who visited the museum in Croatia and asked its owners for the licensing rights.
He became fascinated by the concept after seeing a pair of stiletto heels that had been donated by a woman who ran into an ex-boyfriend while working as a dominatrix.
"We were all very struck by it," he told the Wall Street Journal.
"After a few days I thought, well this really belongs in Los Angeles."
On its website, the museum encourages the broken hearted to donate their items and take part in the "creation of collective emotional history".
"If you've wished to to unburden the emotional load by erasing everything that reminds you of that painful experience by throwing it all away - don't," it says.
"Give it to us."