NOTE: Refers to specific sales event, not the generic bidding activity. (Sense 3)
Mary took John to an art auction in New York.
Their firm buys government notes at the monthly auction of the Treasury Department.
They passed around dessert and champagne during the silent auction.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Sally is teaching us to play auction Bridge.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
NOTE: refers to the bidding act in general, not a specific sales event (sense 1)
These paintings will be sold by auction. (the process of bidding)
They have put their house up for auction.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1a
Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)