EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AUCTION
Messenio announces an auction and invites the spectators to attend.
A gentleman had died at that date whose furniture was sold by auction.
There had been an auction of the effects of a settler, who was moving off to the South Island.
In that auction Caste comes first, then wealth and position.
That auction was the biggest thing that ever happened at the Old Home.
Next day we'll have an auction and sell 'em to the highest cash bidder.
Narcisse stopped the auction by the noise he made coming downstairs after him.
Personally, at least, she was not chalk-marked for the auction.
We seized a cow, a watch, and some of my own goods, and commenced the auction.
“Not worth much at auction sale,” Archie interrupted, grinning.
"a sale by increase of bids," 1590s, from Latin auctionem (nominative auctio) "an increasing sale, auction, public sale," noun of action from past participle stem of augere "to increase," from PIE root *aug- "to increase" (see augment). In northern England and Scotland, called a roup. In the U.S., something is sold at auction; in England, by auction.