put the auction block

auction block

noun
1.
Also called block. a platform from which an auctioneer sells: the old courthouse where slaves were sold from the auction block.
Idioms
2.
put on the auction block, to offer for sale at auction; offer to sell to the highest bidder. Also, put on the block.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

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auction block

noun
a platform from which an auctioneer sells; "they put their paintings on the block" 
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