Conducting an auction
There are several types of auctions, and the auction procedures that you use will be dependent on the type of auction that is being conducted rather than how it is conducted. Some auctions take place in a single day, and they will only be held once. Some auctions do several rounds or sessions in one day. There are some auctions that take a long time for settlement like 1 year, and this happens when the auctioneer has to settle real estate properties.
Most auctions take place during business hours or on weekdays; however, some auctions take place on weekends. As a general rule of thumb, the auction would continue until the bidders are interested and continue bidding for the item placed in the auction. When there are no more bidders, or when the bidding activity stops, the winning bidder who placed the highest price gets the item. Some bidders drop out of the auction when the price of the item exceeds their bid.
On the internet two kinds of auctions can be conducted. One is the live auction which is conducted by sending mails and email alerts to everyone who had registered for it. This email or notification would contain the time, date, website address and the details of the items that are being auctioned. The bidders can quote their price online and the winning bidder is also announced instantly. Another way of conducting an auction on the internet is through sites like eBay, which primarily function for people who want to sell smaller items or collectibles, television sets and so on. E-Bay would take a small percentage of the sale amount as a commission and the auction has a fixed period of 15 days or so. It is not conducted everyday. People who are interested in purchasing the item can quote their price and in this case it is not necessary that the person who pays the highest price gets the item. The person who is selling the item can decide to whom the item is sold and if he or she is satisfied with the amount, they can immediately settle the deal.
In a regular auction which is conducted physically, the auction commission issues a notice stating the winning bidder and the price the deal was settled at. In an online auction the winning bidder is also announced and the price at which the item is sold is revealed. In high profile auctions where companies are getting sold, things are not so transparent and a lot of details are withheld until the bidder feels free to announce the price.
Generally, high profile auctions take much longer to get settled, and the details will not be immediately revealed. Auctions also have rules to which the bidders, participants and the auctioneers must abide by. For example, influencing the auctioneer or bribing the auctioneer are considered to be unethical in auctions, and most auction holders believe in giving a fair chance to all the participants. In case it was known that the auction was settled using illegal methods, the deal can be reversed by taking legal help.