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How Long Should a Silent Auction Last?

One advantage of a Silent Auction is that it can run for longer than a Live Auction, allowing more time for bidding and often, therefore, a higher selling price.

Whether a secret bid silent auction (on paper bid slips) or a competitive silent auction (using tablets and technology), most events will allocate a few hours of run time, with plenty of reference to the auction from the stage / Host, to keep everyone engaged with it.

Closing time for a silent auction is best preceded by a ten-minute countdown – drawing maximum attention – and should allow time for collecting payments before the guests depart (or head to the dance floor).

Alzheimer's Society Silent Auction Display
Silent Auction Display


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