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For 40 years the late Elli Buk (1949-2012), of New York, an art and antiques dealer in SoHo, amassed a vast collection of scientific, medical, and technological artifacts spanning two centuries.

His collecting started in his early 20s when Buk became fascinated with machines while repairing machinery in the knitting factory where he worked. At first he collected things he could take apart and put together again to see how they worked. This led to his repairing watches and clocks and to eventually opening in 1978 E. Buk Art And Antiques.

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