Bannister told the Victorville Daily Press that he decided to liquidate the collection after the Hesperia Recreation and Park District told him that he would no longer be able to rent space at the Harrison Exhibit Building in Hesperia, California where Bannister exhibited his thousands of banana goodies. He did not have another location set up and does not want to put the items in storage.
The Guiness Book of World Records says that the museum is the world's largest collection devoted to any one fruit. Since the 1970s Bannister has done many interviews on his unique collection and has appeared on television shows including the "Tonight Show" featuring Johnny Carson. Bannister hopes that someone or some company will buy the museum and display it somewhere.
Link to story. Link to auction. -via J-Walk Blog