silent auction


Definition of silent auction

: an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

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In addition to ticket sales for the dinner itself, more than a thousand dollars in donations were received, and a silent auction raised almost $800. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]," 12 July 2018 The silent auction will start at 10 a.m., followed by a short program at 11:15 a.m. Lunch courtesy of Newk’s Eatery will be next followed by the live auction about 12:30 p.m. Byrne said lunch tickets will be available at the door. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy cancels July 4th program; VFW, LaCenterra still plan events," 3 July 2018 So far, there has been only one complaint about how the silent auction was run. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Biased about Durrett Foundation, and completely OK with it," 29 June 2018 The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30. Dom Amore,, "For Claire Smith, 'Just Going To Work' Inspired A Generation Of Women In Sports Journalism," 2 June 2018 As fundraising for the school is the focus, the silent auction kept parents busy bidding, with Rob Krieger and Ryan Naquin as the live auctioneers garnering bids for a number of lots. Sue Strachan,, "BBQ and blue jeans set the mood for Stuart Hall School for Boys benefit," 15 May 2018 Raffles, a door prize and a silent auction will take place. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 8 May 2018 The money raised from the luncheon and silent auction helps send 150 girls to summer camp. Gabriel Poblete, miamiherald, "Hat's Off luncheon raises money to send 150 girls to summer camp | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Its silent auction included about 30 acrylic paintings up for auction. Ruth Sowby Rands,, "On the Town: Adventist Health Glendale Foundation bestows honors," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of silent auction

1952, in the meaning defined above

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: an auction in which people write down their bids for the things being sold

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