I offered (via the plaintiffs' lawyer) to help organize and catalog all the items for auction at no charge (OK, for only a limited amount of time). Their lawyer said, "No thanks, we really want to sell it in one lot". I explained that the more work that was put in up front, the larger the reward would be on the back end. A bunch of poorly documented *crap* in a storage space somewhere in the middle of nowhere has only a moderate amount of value; show a few people the space, grill them for their best price, and let the chips fall where they may.
For the buyer to maximize a return on this, uh, treasure, a lot of work needs to be done. Just about anyone can do it, there's no magic involved, only work. All the parts need to be identified, photographied, categorized and made available to the world with worldwide shipping available, and not for just the small items. The larger items (read: cabinets and playfields) also need to be made available/ shippable to the world.
As for auctions, if there are any lessons to be learned, look at how the Deeproot auction was handled. Lazy. Lazy sums it up. Example: Lot #37 - All boxes on this shelf. WHAT? What's in the boxes? No clue was given. Only I knew what was in the boxes. How? I recognized the boxes I had sold them. I was able to buy back the parts PBL sold them for pennies on the dollar. If more effort had been put into the preparation of the sale/auction, 3 times the revenue could have been realized. But the auction house was lazy; bad pictures of the lots, bad descriptions of the lots, offered no help shipping winning lots to the winners, etc, etc.
So, my offer from 6 weeks ago that I officially made to the plaintiffs' lawyer for $30,000 still stands. Is it worth more than that? Only if I do the work.
Anyone else who wants to up the bid and do the work, can. That's simply how it works. There is, however, only so much ROI to be had. IMHO, that's the high end of what it's worth before all the work is done. If someone/place takes it for more I won't feel bad.
I personally know several of the plaintiffs in this case, and they all deserve to get a maximum return in their quest for justice. To maximize their return on these storage units they need a person within the group who has the time and willingness to step up and create a website, or list all the items individually on Ebay, or some equivalent. Then finally, pack each part up and ship it anywhere in the world. It can be done.