Benderbrau wrote:No but I don't think I'd sell them at auction either. It seems to me that if they didn't want them they'd just throw them out. Were they actually advertised as part of the auction? "And our next item up for bid is this lovely collection of books and 86 morbid Hallmark cards..."
Misc. stuff gets sold in "box lots", they are generally unsorted and anything can be in there. In this box there were also newspaper clipping and some of her commercial art, books, other correspondence....oh crap, I just found her last will and testament. Fantastic.
If you've never been to an estate auction it might seem weird to you but many heirs want little or nothing of their parents' correspondence or physical belongings, although I do know they had the opportunity to go through and take anything they wanted and did take some stuff. Sometimes boxes of random correspondence and.or photos actually sell for what are pretty high prices.
If I were a real vulture, I'd rip open each envelope hoping to find the magic money stash.