Along the Prado they used to sell slaves on the auction block, too.
The hype had been deafening on the work; the auction sales pitch even compared it to the “Mona Lisa.”
The Texas-based auction house placed the opening bid at $875,000.
"I'm asking each of you to step up to the plate and go big," DiCaprio told the crowd before the auction.
One of the reasons behind the panic comes from the fact that contemporary art has stopped selling well at auction.
The instant I bid thirty thousand rubles the auction came to an end.
At an order from the praefect the auction sale was abruptly suspended.
That community possessed a wide extent of rocky and barren pastures, leased annually by auction for the public good.
We were all put up to auction, and the man who bid highest got the man he fancied.
But not only for the debt of passage-money, but for other debts, a white man was put up to auction, and sold to the best bidder.
"a sale by increase of bids," 1590s, from Latin auctionem (nominative auctio) "an increasing sale, auction, public sale," noun of action from past participle stem of augere "to increase," from PIE root *aug- "to increase" (see augment). In northern England and Scotland, called a roup. In the U.S., something is sold at auction; in England, by auction.
1807, from auction (n.). Related: Auctioned; auctioning.