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the competitive calls made in bridge and other games before play begins, undertaking to win a given number of tricks if a certain suit is trumps
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in international trade, a method of selling certain goods (such as fur pelts, tobacco, and tea) in separate lots. Prior to an auction the goods (or samples of them) are exhibited for the inspection of possible buyers. The time and place of the auction are announced beforehand. The general conditions of the sale of goods are determined by the seller. The buyer is considered to be the person who during the course of the auction has offered the highest price. At an auction, in contrast to an ordinary sale, the seller is absolved from responsibility for the quality of the goods that are sold. In the USSR, international auctions for the sale of fur pelts are regularly held in Leningrad.

At the form of auction known as a public sale there is a forced sale of the property of people who cannot pay their debts. Goods are also sold if they have not been claimed on time from transportation and warehouse enterprises and in certain other cases.


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During the first two days of auction, residential plots located in pure developed sectors would be presented for auction while commercial plots of different categories including plots of Blue Area, developed marakiz, hospitals and class -III shopping centers etc of developed sectors would also be auctioned on April 10 and 11, 2019.
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"As a principal lender solely dedicated to the auction market, we have seen a shift in the geographical requirements of property investors and purchasers at auction over the past year; this is particularly reflected in the regional increases in Auction Finance supported property sales at auctions."
It is also preferred over the traditional open cry out auctioning model as SMRA allows both auctioneer and bidder flexibility to simultaneously bid on lots of their choice, privacy and time to make educated decisions during the auction. Some of recent auctions conducted in various countries were all SMRA based auctions.
Looking at the results from recent auctions, we have seen that some residential properties have more than doubled their bottom guide price, illustrating that now appears to be a good time to sell at auction.
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