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Collector Leaves Family Dozens of Boats, Hundreds of Boat Motors to Auction

The family of a Wichita Falls man who recently passed away knew he had collected a lot of stuff through the years, but they had no idea how much, or what, until they began sorting through all the buildings for an auction tomorrow.
Fifteen buildings off Highway 281 packed high with miscellaneous items.

Terry York, a Flower Mound resident and son of a late collector, says, "I saw a bunch of boat motors, welding equipment, and just every building packed to the gills. You couldn't get inside. Could barely open the doors."

That's what he discovered when he surveyed his father's property after his death in June of last year.

"We knew he had a lot of motors," York says. "We thought a couple hundred. Maybe 15 or 20 boats."

They've been sorting through it all ever since.

"I guess we've been doing this for probably 15 months. We live out of town, so primarily we come here on the weekends."

And this weekend, after two previous auctions, the rest of the "trash" will become another's treasure.

"The will was very specific," York says. "I mean, it was unbelievable detail of, 'You will auction everything. Everybody gets an equal chance. I want you to do this auctioneer. This is the maximum commission they should charge. You should advertise in this magazine.'"

Bryan Choate, the auctioneer, says, "We've never done anything quite like this. We do do sales with lots of big numbers, but I've never seen this many boat motors in one location in my life."

Forty-five years worth of collectibles will be sold off.

"I guess it was he who dies with the most toys," York says. "That was one thing he was saying."

And Norman York sure did have a lot of toys.

You can register to bid at the auction starting at 7 tomorrow morning at the property at 1128 US 281 in Wichita Falls.

The family's expecting people from as far away as Indiana, New York, Washington, Kentucky, and many other states.

In fact, several hotels are even offering discounts to the out of town bidders.
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