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auction off

To sell an item to the highest bidder. We're auctioning off a car at the charity event this year.
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Dutch auction

An auction in which the asking price is set high and then lowered until someone buys the item. What is this, a Dutch auction? Why is the auctioneer starting out at $1,000 for that piece of junk?
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up for auction

Available to be sold at an auction. The banker's family estate had to be put up for auction to cover some of his mounting debt. A lot of the famous singer's memorabilia are up for auction this Saturday.
See also: auction, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

auction something off

to sell something [to the highest bidder] at an auction. He auctioned his home off. He auctioned off his home. The duke was forced to auction off his ancestral home to pay his taxes.
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Dutch auction

an auction or sale that starts off with a high asking price that is then reduced until a buyer is found. (Viewed by some as insulting to the Dutch.) Dutch auctions are rare—most auctioneers start with a lower price than they hope to obtain. My real estate agent advised me to ask a reasonable price for my house rather than get involved with a Dutch auction.
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*up for auction

Fig. to be sold at an auction. (*Typically: be ~; come ~; go ~; put something ~.) The old farm where I lived as a child is up for auction.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

auction off

v.
To sell something to the person who offers the highest amount of money, at or as at an auction: We don't need this table anymore, so we should auction it off. To clear out the warehouse, the company auctioned off the old inventory.
See also: auction, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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1996."Auctioning Divisible Goods." Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, Working Paper.
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As the largest independent auction house in the UK and Ireland, Wilsons Auctions holds more than 1,000 auctions annually across its branches, auctioning everything from cars and vans, plant and machinery and property to general goods, as well as the more luxurious items which include; planes, yachts, gold bars, supercars, designer goods and prestigious watches.
We've been accustomed to successfully auctioning unique, one-of-a kind properties where the timing of the sale becomes an important factor.
Additionally, Sheldon Good & Company that evening will be auctioning a number of properties in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area on behalf of a number of financial institutions.
Wilsons Auctions holds over 1,000 auctions annually across its branches, auctioning everything from cars and vans, plant and machinery and property to general goods, as well as the more luxurious items, including planes, yachts, gold bars, supercars, designer goods and prestigious watches.