How Auction Grew Through The Early Modern Age
It is said that the early Romans began the tradition of auctions in Europe however it became popular through auction houses and fishermen auctions in the early modern era. Towards the early part of the 16th century, auctions were randomly being held in England and neighboring countries for art works of prominence. The practice was also observed among a few fishermen and vegetable farmers in Northern Europe as it allowed them to quickly dispose their ware and return back harvesting and fishing expeditions.
Americans too began using auctions somewhere around the early modern age as a means of liquidating bankrupt homes and families. Although owner discretion was maintained for societal reasons, families could become solvent once again by disposing their furniture and other items of value. Slaves down south were sold through bidding auctions as it was faster and fetched more money than the usual route.
Today, many of the traditional auctions have carried forward from the Early Modern Age with art work, antique items and collectibles going via large auction houses and fish, flower and vegetable markets selling their goods using auctions. It is said that fishermen preferred this method as it allowed them to go to sea more often than before.