World’s Largest Collection of Clowns

Ortrud Kastaun of Essen, Germany holds the Guinness World Record for “Largest Collection of Clowns”. Her quirky collection consists of 2,053 different clown-related items.

Ortrud, known to her friends as ‘Orty’, has been collecting model clowns for over 15 years, and in that time amassed 2,053 different models. The collection is so large that Ortrud has had to move to a larger flat to accommodate them, and even set up her own museum at her home in Essen, Germany. Ortrud goes to sleep each evening with hundreds of clowns smiling back at her.

photo by Ranald Mackechnie