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go under the hammer

To be put up for or sold at auction. The banker's family estate had to go under the hammer to cover some of his mounting debt.
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The portrait is going under the hammer at Christie's Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on Thursday.
THE KISS: This 1988 painting shows Sir Paul with his late wife Linda; WATERLOO DOCK: The 1962 painting is going under the hammer at Christies
The large bronze breech loading gun, cast with the Portuguese coat of arms, is among 160 lots going under the hammer and could fetch up to pounds 12,000 at Sotheby's on December 19.
Many of the other fixtures and fittings, including the pillow that Nasty Nick sobbed into, are also going under the hammer.
Teesside Dr Who buffs - prepare to raid those Tardis money boxes because a life size gold Dalek is going under the hammer.
COLLECTORS from across the world are expected to battle it out for a rare piece of 345-year-old embroidery going under the hammer next month.
These are just a few of the amazing lots going under the hammer at Birmingham Rep today in aid of the Tsunami appeal.
As well as the Gunners plate, BAR 8IE, BUG IT, and BU5I BEE will also be going under the hammer.
Memorabilia from Celtic's road to Seville will go under the hammer with signed strips from every team the club met on the way to the final going under the hammer.
Items going under the hammer include Christophe Dugarry's shirt worn at the Blues versus Aston Villa derby on March 3 at Villa Park.