hammer price


Definition of hammer price

: the price at which an item is sold at auction

Examples of hammer price in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All but four of Sotheby’s lots were successful, with 70 percent selling for hammer prices above their low estimates. Scott Reyburn, New York Times, "For Auctions, It’s ‘No Froth,’ but ‘Steady.’ That’s the New Normal.," 15 Nov. 2019 The hammer price was reportedly $550,000 — well below the $600,000 pre-auction low estimate. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "La Salle artworks attract mild interest at New York auction," 19 Apr. 2018 Estimates peg the hammer price somewhere between $242,000 and $295,000. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The Hellion: 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo SE Owned by Judas Priest Guitarist Headed to Auction," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hammer price

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hammer price

from the hammer used by the auctioneer to signal the auction's end

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“Hammer price.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammer%20price. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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