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The ‘King of the Commode’ seeks an heir to his thrones

May 22, 2018 GMT
In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, walks through his Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. Smith, called "King of the Commode," began his commode art work in 1992 and is looking for a buyer who will preserve his collection intact. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, walks through his Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. Smith, called "King of the Commode," began his commode art work in 1992 and is looking for a buyer who will preserve his collection intact. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, walks through his Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. Smith, called "King of the Commode," began his commode art work in 1992 and is looking for a buyer who will preserve his collection intact. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, walks through his Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. Smith, called "King of the Commode," began his commode art work in 1992 and is looking for a buyer who will preserve his collection intact. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, walks through his Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. Smith, called "King of the Commode," began his commode art work in 1992 and is looking for a buyer who will preserve his collection intact. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas (AP) — For five decades, Barney Smith has rejected offers to purchase his toilet seat artworks. But at 96, the “King of the Commode” is looking for a buyer who will preserve his collection intact.

Since he opened his Toilet Seat Art Museum in 1992, tourists from every state and 83 countries have made their way to his corrugated metal garage in Alamo Heights, Texas.

The retired plumber has 1,350 pieces, from a seat with a chunk of the Berlin Wall to one with a piece of the doomed Shuttle Challenger.

Walking away will be hard.

He says: “This is my life’s history here.”