The auction was very, very interesting.
With the active bidding in the auction room at the Mira hotel, on Heritage Live and on the telephone, the auction took seven hours (with a 30 minute break for lunch). It was obvious the bidders were "smart". They seemed to have plenty of money, but they did not bid strongly on everything. They carefully bid on certain items and let others pass. The auctioneer was more than fair to remote bidders by reopening many lot items when bids appeared after she had awarded an item to someone in the room.
Is there a benefit to being in the room? Not really. There is a benefit to being in Kowloon prior to the auction. As a potential bidder, you have the opportunity to spend hours previewing the lot items to determine whether particular items are reasonable additions to your collection or inventory.
Did I take pictures of the auction room? No.
Remember, session two starts on Friday morning (10am Hong Kong time) and Thursday night (US time) so there is still time to buy some more stuff for your collections. I will be sitting in my hotel room, attempting to add a few items to my collection. Many items in session two seem to be appropriate for the live auction. I am puzzled by Heritage's reasoning in putting something in the live auction versus the internet auction. Possibly, they want to have great stuff in both sessions so that we will take time to participate and bid.