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This novel tells the story of Edgar Altshuler, a 9-year-old boy from the Bronx, and his adventures at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. On his first visit to the fair, Edgar is enthralled by industry's vision of the futuresafe, secure and prosperous cities, speedy and cheap transportation and modern invention to make life easier. On his second visit, he sees that the exhibits are constructed of gypsum whose paint is peeling and that the displays are really toys.
                                   
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AARE Letters following an auctioneer’s name, meaning “Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate.”

Absentee Bid A bid on a lot left in advance of the auction with someone—often the auctionee—by a bidder who’s unable to attend.

Absentee Bidder A person who may not attend the sale but submits, in advance, a written or oral bid that’s the top price he/she will pay for a given property.

Absentee Bid/Proxy Bid A bid on an item that a bidder leaves without being physically present.

Absolute Auction An auction that has no “reserve price” set by the seller. The winning bid only has to meet or beat the minimum price set by the seller or the auction house.

Accounting An auctioneer's financial report to the seller detailing all sales made, money received and money disbursed.

Agent Someone authorized by a person to act for him or her. An auctioneer is an agent of a seller.

Appraisal An estimate of an item's value

Apprentice A few states require those who would become licensed auctioneers to serve an apprenticeship for a specified period under the direction of a licensed auctioneer.

“A Rock" A bidder who won't yield to competition.

"As Is" Selling assets without any warranty as to their condition and merchantability for a particular use.

Auction The sale of property by means of exchanges between an auctioneer and bidders whereby the auctioneer declares a sale to the highest, or most favorable bidder, to form a contract for sale between that bidder and the seller.

Auction Block The podium or raised platform where the auctioneer stands while conducting the auction. "Placing an item on the auction block" means to sell something at auction.

Auction Fever The rush of excitement that seizes some bidders and spurs them to bid higher on a lot.

Auction House The business entity setting up an auction from accepting items for auction, making them ready for public sale, accepting payments and delivering sold items to successful bidders.

Auction Subject to Confirmation This is a variation on an "auction with reserve." The auctioneer brings the top bid on a lot to the seller who then accepts or rejects it.

Auction with Reserve The seller reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, or to withdraw the lot at any time prior to the announcement of the completion of the sale. See also "reserve price."

Auction without Reserve The lot will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price and with no contingencies. No one may bid on behalf of the seller and the auctioneer may not refuse to accept any bid. Commonly called an "absolute auction."

Auctioneer The person engaged by the seller to conduct the auction. The person whom the seller engages to direct, conduct, or be responsible for a sale by auction. This person may or may not actually "call" the auction.

Backup Bidder The second highest bidder who bid the increment immediately below the amount of the winning bidder's bid.

Ballroom Auction An auction conducted in a hotel ballroom.

Bank Letter of Credit An auctioneer may require an unknown person to pro-vide a letter from a bank certifying creditworthiness to a stated level before registering that person to bid in an auction.

Bid The amount a bidder signals the auctioneer the bidder would pay to buy the lot being auctioned.

Bidder The person who places a bid.

Bid Assistant An auction worker who assists the auctioneer by providing prospective bidders with information about the lots and also spots bidders and relays bids to the auctioneer. Commonly referred to as a "ring man," "bid spotter" or "ground man."

Bid Caller The person who conducts the bidding process, usually the auctioneer. However, an auctioneer may engage another to call bids and this person does not have primary responsibility for the auction.

Bid Card A card, which exhibits the bidder's assigned number to be used for bidding in the auction, given to a bidder by the auctioneer. The auctioneer will call the number of the successful bidder for each lot and the "clerk" will note that bidder and the amount of the winning bid on the clerking sheet.

Bid History A historical list of all the bids made on a particular auction during or after the auction.

Bid Increments The standardized amount an item increases in price after each new bid. The auction service sets the increment, which rises according to the present high bid value of an item.

Bidder (Paddle) Number: The number issued to each person who registers at an auction.

Bid off the Wall This is a fraudulent bid made by the auctioneer in such a manner as to trick other bidders into believing it is a legitimate bid. Also referred to as bid off of the ceiling, gate, fence post, etc. to indicate the bid was fictional.


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