It's true, photos can hide a multitude of sins. I bought a vintage car on ebay, talked to the guy beforehand and felt like it was an okay deal. What a joke. The car needed a bunch of little stuff and the guy outright lied about a number of things. Being vintage, there were overriding emotional things (ahem) but bottom line, look at the car or have it looked at before buying. An auction puts added pressure to buy or lose it, maybe not the best scenario.
Wherever you go, there you are