"To have and to hold" is a resonant phrase for a collector. Every object that comes into a collection experiences that wedding ceremony and a certain consummation. We are born wanting to be had and held, born collectible, and with a little luck we never stop being prized possessions. But with self-knowledge comes self-doubt, and never more so than in the exchange that comes with relationship, taking an other and giving oneself. Then the question of value kicks in. Are we in mint condition? How chipped is our binding, how tattered our jacket, how foxed our pages? Above all, are we dear? Collecting mimics love, and love mimics collecting. But even if we are prized by our parents, we do not know that for sure unless we are once in a while held up to the light. Held.
—Collections of Nothing - William Davies