Hope that family was wealthy...because yes...it's really neat they did a sale like that but if you enlarge a couple of the photos the stuff was marked about a 1/3 of what it's currently worth. I've seen situations like this where the sale company had a couple of "friends" at the front of the line, or if some collector friend of the family helped them mark it and then was first in line. Hopefully that wasn't the case. Based upon the prices viewed whoever was first in line should have just said "I'm buying it all".
Again...feel bad for the family.