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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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MICHAEL CRICHTON THE stunning collection of the bestselling writer went under the hammer last year following his death in 2008.
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 items went under the hammer at Bonhams in Chester.
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.
Vampire, seen by many as the sister of Munch's fabled painting The Scream, went under the hammer for the first time in New York after more than 70 years in the hands of a private collector.
The Bell and Howell camera was expected to fetch up to pounds 90,000 when it went under the hammer at Christie's in South Kensington, London but it failed to find a buyer.
The 'official card' for Newcastle United's New Year's Day fixture against Newton Heath, a team which became Manchester United in 1902, went under the hammer at Ludlow racecourse in Shropshire.