"My personal feeling is that is very high," said Quenell. "I'd be very surprised if there are any bids at those prices."
One big issue Quenell noted was how future land use reclassification of the site by the Adirondack Park Agency remains very much a mystery, which represents uncertainty for many potential buyers.
Land on one side of the facility is public land classified as wild forest. Private land on the opposite side is low or moderate intensity use.
Beyond its life as a prison, Quenell said, Camp Gabriels would be best suited for some type of institutional use, such as a college field station or youth camp.
"Perhaps some light manufacturing of some kind," he said, "but there are just so many buildings that it's probably not the kind of place a small business would likely be interested in."
Site inspections for the auction will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested parties may pre-register for this or other site inspections by calling 474-2195.
The sealed bids will be opened in public Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Corning Tower in Albany. Those interested in attending should call 474-4944 to pre-register for admittance to the building.