It's funny to hear you calling him "Kirk". I never got what the deal was with Chuck vs Kirk. Seems that those who knew him longest called him Kirk, everyone else knew him as Chuck. Marvin (Burger) and he had a love/hate thing going, like many, I guess. Marv would call him about props and makers from southern CA especially.
Ed's auction was really something! I went with Burger, right after an IBM convention in San Diego. We bought so much we had to rent a trailer to bring it back to SF. Some one-of-a-kind pieces, some real rarities, Loyd candles, Sand Canisters, a Zig-Zag(!), Dell O'Dell's Appearing Bird Cage (Four cages on a stand with a column and four arms with hanging chains and all unchromed, it was the prototype by P&L. The original (the one she used) was all chromed.) Tons of Thayer, Blue Phantom, Rising Card Tray, Locking Card Boxes (regular and Jumbo, in mahogany), P&L Fairy Ribbon Shears, Aquarium, Stull Fishbowl, Cups and Balls, Conradi Bran Vase (all Nickle), Bartl Card Star, Martin pieces, a Willmann Ring Pull, Thornton Windlass, Rutherford Rising Cigarette (Anyone remember that!?), Merv Taylor Card Sword, Tambor, Por-Mor Fill-Mor, a BOX of Neyhart Houlettes (There were nine, I got three working units out of the nine, and tried to repair the others, but never was successful - don't know what Marv did with them ultimately), tons of Brema stuff, including a great set of Chinese Wands, etc.
The stuff was laid out in Milt's Variety Arts Theater, as I recall, and took hours just to preview. I THINK Kirk helped do the auctioning! In fact, I'm sure he did, as there was some grumbling about him bidding on things he was auctioning. We thought the prices were high then! Can't imagine what that stuff would bring today...