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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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FUNERAL Oswald in coffin before service KILLED John F Kennedy BURY OLD Pine casket is going under the hammer next month
Among the mares in foal going under the hammer is Ipi Tombe, winner of 12 races and nearly pounds 900,000 in prize-money.
Browns Hotel in Laugharne, west Wales, is going under the hammer tonight at the town's Memorial Hall.
When I discovered it was going under the hammer, I realised it would be a piece of history.
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.
More than pounds 400m of art is going under the hammer at Sotheby's and Christie's bi-annual Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Art sales next week.
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.
Hot items going under the hammer include a car from an Austin Powers movie, a cricket bat signed by the England team and lots of lovely pop memorabilia.