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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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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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Unreserved 2014 BMW 420i M Sport will be going under the hammer as Lot No 77 on November 7
An all black Louis Vouitton tracksuit worth an eye-watering [pounds sterling]1,100 will also be going under the hammer, along with a set of [pounds sterling]170 Versace sliders.
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When I discovered it was going under the hammer, I realised it would be a piece of history.'
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.
Other designer goods from Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Moncler will also be going under the hammer, along with a selection of personalised number plates and BMW and Volkswagen vehicles.
Merseyside Policetold theECHO the force uses Wilsons when assets are seized under the POCA.The luxury cars going under the hammer were part of a [pounds sterling]7 million investment fraud case by Avon and Somerset Police.
Also going under the hammer were the 22-bedroomed Otterburn Hall Annex, which fetched PS145,000, and the 18-bedroomed Coach House, which went to PS100,000.
GOING UNDER THE HAMMER: There are 999 lots in this Dinky collection started by a young boy 60 years ago and up for auction at Vectis in Thornaby next month
THE auction market showed "encouraging growth" during November with the number of homes going under the hammer jumping by 12%, research indicated yesterday.
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These are just a few of the amazing lots going under the hammer at Birmingham Rep today in aid of the Tsunami appeal.
A catalogue of 500 lots was auctioned at The Hawthorns, and other items from the worlds of football and rugby will be going under the hammer at the second day of the auction today.