off the chandelier


off the chandelier
   bogus
   It describes bids at an auction, where the auctioneer is trying to run up the bidding by pretending there is another active bidder in the hall:
    ... the bidding, which moved slowly from $4 to $6 million, proved to be all 'off the chandelier'. {Daily Telegraph, January 1990)
   Depending on the décor, such bids may also come off the ceiling, wall, or whatever else catches the auctioneer's eye, other than a genuine bid.

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