Q. What is the auctioneer saying?

The art of the auctioneer’s chant takes years of practice, but understanding what auctioneers are saying is simple. The auctioneer’s bid call can be broken into two parts:

  • Statement (The Current Bid) – I have five dollars.
  • Question (The Next Bid) – Would you bid 10?

Example: I have 5 dollars, would you bid 10, would you bid 10? Now 10, I have 10 dollars, would you bid 15...
The cadence and repetition of words and use of “filler words” vary from one auctioneer to another, but the format is usually the same. Always remember that the number the auctioneer keeps repeating is the dollar amount they are asking a buyer to bid.