My husband is always watching the paper for Estate Auctions, often you can find great buys there. Now, that he is aware that I want bees he is watching for anything along this line. We went to one that advertised a bee hive, it was a broken up mess of a super with barely a roof on it, no frames, hadn't been used in many, many years, was rotting actually. It brought $20.00. I didn't bid on it. Well, this time the ad says a colony of bees is to be offered. We will go and check it out, but I suspect folks won't have a clue of the true value and will overbid. #1. Are the bees healthy, I have no clue, I am a newbie. #2. Why is it selling? Was their a death and therefore it just isn't wanted anymore? #3. What condition is it in? I am not going to try to open it, without gear, and in a crowd and with all the microphones and all going. #4. This is truly buying a "pig in a poke". Should a newbie even consider such a colony of bees? Given all the unknowns what would a colony of bees, say the hive is in good repair, be worth?