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public sale

auction (def 1).
Origin of public sale
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But she also found that not everyone who attends a public sale, and bids anxiously, knows the value of what they are bidding on.

    Polly's Business Venture Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • At the public sale it might, perhaps, bring a thousand francs.

  • There was no will, so to public sale went the little hut and its lake-shore lot.

    James Fenimore Cooper Mary E. Phillips
  • He had her at a disadvantage now, just as she had held him a while ago when she forced on the public sale of the girl Nola.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • All the officials know that the whole property is in peril of a public sale.

    Charles Lewis Cocke William Robert Lee Smith
  • I saw also, in a market-house, a lamentable sight—a public sale of Christians for slaves, both men and women.

  • One should have a pretty clear idea of the approximate commercial value of books, before competing for them at public sale.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • An auctioneer is a special kind of agent employed to dispose of goods to the highest bidder at a public sale.

  • The Auctioneer is one who disposes of property at public sale to the highest bidder.

  • Could I get back two or three dollars apiece for this lot, do you think, at public sale?

    The History of The Hen Fever George P. Burnham

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