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come under the hammer

To be put up for or sold at auction. The banker's family estate had to come under the hammer to cover some of his mounting debt.
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come under the hammer

 and go under the hammer
Fig. [for something] to be auctioned. The house at the corner is coming under the hammer next week. The repossessed farm will go under the hammer.
See also: come, hammer
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

come (or go) under the hammer

be sold at an auction.
See also: come, hammer
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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, go, hammer
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Firstly, there's an attractive detached cottage in Bearsden, near Glasgow coming under the hammer.
Residential stock coming under the hammer includes a vacant, part fire-damaged inner terrace house on Bankfield Road, Huddersfield.
Those figures represented the highest price, the highest average and the highest number of bulls of any breed coming under the hammer sold during the week's autumn multi-breed sales.
Also coming under the hammer at The Grove, in Oxfordshire at the auction on Wednesday, December 14, will be memorabilia including a 2004 Williams-BMW steering wheel which is estimated to fetch pounds 600.
A total of 31 lots at the sale made more than 6,000gns, and a new breed average of pounds 4,684 was established for the 128 bulls traded, the highest number of lots of any breed coming under the hammer during the week's autumn multi-breed sales.
The biggest auction of personalised number plates is to take place next week, with registrations such as 6060 GO coming under the hammer.
Also coming under the hammer is an interesting chapel and cottages in Flint ripe for conversion and a substantial property in the Rock Ferry Conservation area, with an excellent river frontage, suitable for conversion to flats.
A pounds 150 helicopter flight, tickets for Stratford Races and football matches at Birmingham City and Manchester United will be among more than 100 lots coming under the hammer at a fundraising auction on Saturday.
The Dunstall Park Breeze-Up was introduced by Russell, Baldwin & Bright (now Brightwells) in 1997, with the juveniles working out on the all-weather surface before coming under the hammer.
Then SVA Property Auctions have a whole range of properties coming under the hammer at Glasgow's Central Hotel.
A FERRARI 575M Maranello originally owned by rock guitarist Eric Clapton and later by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans is coming under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions.
High beef value Charolais bulls from the North-East helped underpin a flying trade at Perth on Wednesday to set a new UK all beef breeds average of pounds 5,426.38 for the 199 lots traded ( the highest number of bulls of any breed coming under the hammer sold during the centre's spring multi-breed sales and an 85% clearance.
The Blackbushe Auction Centre will hold the sale on December 1, when a brace of vintage Rolls-Royces and an Austin Seven van will be among those coming under the hammer.
However, it will be the silver 'toys' and other novelty items which will attract the attention of many collectors with two private collections coming under the hammer. Not all, of course, have been made in Birmingham and with all the hallmarks of London, Edinburgh, Chester and even a piece from Russia, much in evidence.
PICTURESQUE Brook House Farm in Cheshire is coming under the hammer with a price guide of between pounds 750,000 and pounds 1m.