The items will remain available for preview even while the auction is going on, although Meader said it would be less convenient at that point and residents should come before Friday to get a good look at the collection.
“We have tens of thousands of objects, and most of them have never been seen,” Meader said. “We’ve had great feedback and the gallery is loaded with the stuff now and it really looks like a collection that you’d have to take in. It’s one thing to see it online and another to see it in person.”
Before the auction begins on Friday, Meader said the auction house would observe two moments of silence, one at 1:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. central time) to coincide with the time Kennedy was shot, and another at 2 p.m. to mark the time he died. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Shortly after that, the bidding will begin. Meader said he isn’t sure how many people will show up at the auction house at any given time, but he is expecting a lot of activity online from bidders following the action from their homes.
“We don’t expect massive crowds, because the way the auction world works, people are allowed to bid online, so through the internet, and we have a TV camera set up so they’ll be able to watch at home and bid on anything they want,” Meader said. “What we’re doing is to guarantee a seat, we’ve printed out a 100-page supplemental catalogue, and that will guarantee you two seats if you buy that.”
Meader said that since the auction preview opened this past weekend, he’s seen cars with license plates from all over the country parked in McInnis’ lot, and he encouraged local residents to come down too, saying that for every big ticket item up for sale, there will be plenty of smaller ones that will sell for a reasonable price.
“There’s enough stuff for every level and every pocketbook,” Meader said.