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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.
See also: hammer

come/go under the ˈhammer

be offered for sale at an auction (= a sale at which things are sold to the person who offers the most money): The house and all its contents are to come under the hammer next Thursday.
The person in charge of an auction hits the table with a hammer to show that he/she has accepted the highest offer.
See also: come, hammer
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The portraits went under the hammer as part of a Valentine's Charity Ball at Bagden Hall.
PRINCESS DIANA THE sale of 79 dresses belonging to Princess Diana raised an incredible EUR2million when they went under the hammer in 1997.
Pizza Express, in Dean Street, Newcastle, and Newcastle Bowl, in the city's Westgate Road, both went under the hammer at a property auction by Allsops in London yesterday.
The digger went under the hammer at JCB's headquarters in Staffordshire.
A JAR of glass eyes, a pair of stuffed guinea pigs and a 19th-century dentist's chair went under the hammer as a Victorian museum held the ultimate closingdown sale.
All the other items donated went under the hammer of amateur auctioneer Frank Wright at the Trinity Methodist church Schoolrooms, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield.
A bottle of champagne believed to have been taken from Adolf Hitler's wine cellar by an Allied soldier went under the hammer for almost pounds 1,700 yesterday.
A work by the guerilla graffiti artist Banksy went under the hammer for a record price.
The famous neon sign from cult show The Tube was snapped up by museum bosses when it went under the hammer.
YES M'Lady it's true - Parker sold for more than Lady Penelope as TV classic Thunderbirds puppets went under the hammer yesterday.
And one pair of young colts went under the hammer for pounds 1.