As I feel a very high level of importance on this issue I am going to be late for work to comment on the topic.
It is more than obvious everyone who posted in this thread is feeling emotionally charged over Tony and having lost him. I was nowhere near a friend to him as some others here, but I had a couple of conversations with him -- honestly some which lasted all of two sentences -- which left me with a very deep feeling for him as a person. Not only was he an impressive, god-like to some, presence in the TI community, he made a deep impact on every who came into contact with him: some negative for his blunt gruffness when he stood firm on a topic; some positive for his love and enthusiasm for the platform and helping people, not to mention his interpersonal out-reach and friendliness in general.
While I understand his system may represent a sort-of shrine to him and his work, it was also his hobby and a labor of love, and we have all at one time or another pointed out how this hobby and love can be very expensive. We also all understand how sometimes we take on more than we can handle, biting off more than we can chew, so to speak. What starts out with the best intentions can often end in trouble, turmoil, or disaster.
The missing piece of information was that money had to be spent on repairs for Tony's old system, and while some might have openly advertised this fact, it is, as bluntly put, none of our business and up to those involved to share that information as seen fit. As a matter of pride, privacy, or humility, some people do things in the background, behind the scenes, and that information might only be passed on to the prospective new owners or select few.
Being the tight community we are, we can all be comfortable in how we feel about profiteering or taking advantage of other people. Bear in mind there are likely a couple of people here who would trade a kidney for some golden unobtanium, this system in particular. That notwithstanding, once it goes into someone else's hands, while it retains its legacy, it will likely be added to, something changed about it which makes it better for the next person in the chain, thus adding value even if that value is not having to spend the time getting it fixed. I tend to the side of thinking that had Tony given this machine away his only requirement would be no one ask for more than they put into it to make it better, and had he sold it out-right he would have desired to place no restrictions upon it.
We will never know for certain as we can never truly know someone's intentions and motivations without them explicitly defined, and for this same reason we cannot immediately cast aspersions at others. Shedding my own envy and bereavement over the matter, I could say with absolute confidence Tony would enjoy being remembered fondly and with a legacy, but not to be canonized nor his possessions idolized.
I must be honest with myself as I look over the Geneve I have had sitting here for almost three years, among other projects which have languished, I could put neither the time nor money deserved into Tony's system, to use or even fix up. I am happy, however, to chip in to help someone who may have the time, motivation, and expertise to obtain it and give it the proper care it deserves.
I know we understand that even if things happening outside of our control are happening in ways with which we do not agree, we can come to terms with our emotions and not allow ourselves and this good-sized and growing community to be divided.