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** This was copied from the British original ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', where it happened in the episode 'Crossed Swords'. It's not really an example of an ''accidental'' bid, though, as they were deliberately bidding to force up the price.


* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', when Doug and Skeeter answer the questions of a rock band named The Beets at an attempt to win two tickets for the concert, they are stuck answering the last question: What is the name of the Beets album that showed a microscopic picture of Chap Lipman after his gallbladder surgery, which Doug inadvertently answered, "Beats Me", which is actually the name of the band's album (Beets Me is the pun), thus winning tickets to the concert for him and Skeeter.


* A variation of this occurs in ''Disney/RalphBreaksTheInternet''; Ralph and Vanellope fully intended to visit [=eBay=] - represented in Cyberspace as a vast auction house - to find the last remaining ''Sugar Rush'' steering wheel. [[RealityEnsues However, being video game characters from the arcade era, they have no understanding how money, let alone auctions, actually work]] and mistake it for a game where the person who shouts the highest number wins, leading to them bidding the absurdly high sum of $27,001 for the wheel. Them attempting to scrounge up that amount in less than eight hours constitutes a significant chunk of the movie's plot.

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* A variation of this occurs in ''Disney/RalphBreaksTheInternet''; ''WesternAnimation/RalphBreaksTheInternet''; Ralph and Vanellope fully intended to visit [=eBay=] - represented in Cyberspace as a vast auction house - to find the last remaining ''Sugar Rush'' steering wheel. [[RealityEnsues However, being video game characters from the arcade era, they have no understanding how money, let alone auctions, actually work]] and mistake it for a game where the person who shouts the highest number wins, leading to them bidding the absurdly high sum of $27,001 for the wheel. Them attempting to scrounge up that amount in less than eight hours constitutes a significant chunk of the movie's plot.


-->-- '''Danny''', ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' ''VS'': TableTopGames/{{Monopoly}}

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-->-- '''Danny''', ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' ''VS'': TableTopGames/{{Monopoly}}
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* Used at least once in an ''Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}'' comic: Betty tries to tell Archie -- over traffic noise --how much money she's saved up and ends up accidentally getting the winning bid on a stuffed moose's head. Considering how often staple comedy devices are used in Franchise/ArchieComics, this is probably not the only example in existence.

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* Used at least once in an ''Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Archie|Comics}}'' comic: Betty tries to tell Archie -- over traffic noise --how much money she's saved up and ends up accidentally getting the winning bid on a stuffed moose's head. Considering how often staple comedy devices are used in Franchise/ArchieComics, Archie Comics, this is probably not the only example in existence.

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* A variation of this occurs in ''Disney/RalphBreaksTheInternet''; Ralph and Vanellope fully intended to visit [=eBay=] - represented in Cyberspace as a vast auction house - to find the last remaining ''Sugar Rush'' steering wheel. [[RealityEnsues However, being video game characters from the arcade era, they have no understanding how money, let alone auctions, actually work]] and mistake it for a game where the person who shouts the highest number wins, leading to them bidding the absurdly high sum of $27,001 for the wheel. Them attempting to scrounge up that amount in less than eight hours constitutes a significant chunk of the movie's plot.
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* Referenced in one of the ''Literature/BabysittersClub'' books where when their school holds a charity auction, one of the girls confidently declares that she's familiar with how auctions work from movie scenes in which someone sneezes and then has to buy something terribly expensive.

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** This gets taken to extremes in another story. First Betty accidentally wins a bid she didn't want by waving at Archie and Veronica when they enter. Then Archie does the same when demonstrating to Betty how she waved. Then Veronica does it by ''tugging her ear'' and Betty does it again by '''scratching her nose.'''


-->-- '''Danny''', ''WebOriginal/GameGrumps'' ''VS'': TableTopGames/{{Monopoly}}

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-->-- '''Danny''', ''WebOriginal/GameGrumps'' ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' ''VS'': TableTopGames/{{Monopoly}}


* ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. Gon's allies decide to teach him how auctions work -after- it starts. Gon 'bids' an insane amount of money. Fortunately they are outbid and escape the consequences of his foolishness.

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* ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. Gon's allies decide to teach him how auctions work -after- an auction works -- ''after'' it starts. Gon 'bids' an insane amount of money. Fortunately they are outbid and escape the consequences of his foolishness.



* Was a staple device of childrens' comics like ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' back in the 1990s (and may still be).

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* Was a staple device of childrens' children's comics like ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' back in the 1990s (and may still be).



* In Jeffrey Archer's ''As the Crow Flies'' Charlie Trumper starts making higher bids on the auctioneer property to force Mrs. Trentham to bid up to her total cash reserves. Once that happens, his wife Rebecca accidentally bids again. It works out as Mrs. Trentham also bids again and is eventually forced to sacrifice her bid deposit as she can't honor the hammer price. Charlie is able to buy the shop at a much cheaper price afterwards

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* In Jeffrey Archer's ''As the Crow Flies'' Charlie Trumper starts making higher bids on the auctioneer property to force Mrs. Trentham to bid up to her total cash reserves. Once that happens, his wife Rebecca accidentally bids again. It works out as Mrs. Trentham also bids again and is eventually forced to sacrifice her bid deposit as she can't honor the hammer price. Charlie is able to buy the shop at a much cheaper price afterwardsafterwards.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', when Doug and Skeeter answer the questions of a rock band named The Beets at an attempt to win two tickets for the concert, they are stuck answering the last question: What is the name of the Beets album that showed a microscopic picture of Chap Lipman after his gallbadder surgery, which Doug inadvertently answered, "Beats Me", which is actually the name of the band's album (Beets Me is the pun), thus winning tickets to the concert for him and Skeeter.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}'' episode, Napper Thompson accidentaly made a winning bid for the McGuffin while knocking down a man who was really trying to buy it. Even worse: the man was representing the BigBad, Stavros Garkos. Later on, Garkos bought it from Napper, who never really wanted the McGuffin in the first place, in another auction, where one of Garkos' [[CoDragons thugs]] accidentally bought another item.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', when Doug and Skeeter answer the questions of a rock band named The Beets at an attempt to win two tickets for the concert, they are stuck answering the last question: What is the name of the Beets album that showed a microscopic picture of Chap Lipman after his gallbadder gallbladder surgery, which Doug inadvertently answered, "Beats Me", which is actually the name of the band's album (Beets Me is the pun), thus winning tickets to the concert for him and Skeeter.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}'' episode, Napper Thompson accidentaly accidentally made a winning bid for the McGuffin while knocking down a man who was really trying to buy it. Even worse: the man was representing the BigBad, Stavros Garkos. Later on, Garkos bought it from Napper, who never really wanted the McGuffin [=McGuffin=] in the first place, in another auction, where one of Garkos' [[CoDragons thugs]] accidentally bought another item.



* Sandi Toksvig put the first bid on a horse she was acting as auctioneer for in order to start the bidding, only to recieve no subsequent bids.

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* Sandi Toksvig put the first bid on a horse she was acting as auctioneer for in order to start the bidding, only to recieve receive no subsequent bids.

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* In ''Film/TheMillionPoundNote'', a child waves at Henry while he's at an auction. He waves back. The auctioneer thinks he's bidding, and he ends up buying a vase he doesn't have the money to pay for.

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* This trope sets off the plot of ''Film/MrDrakesDuck''. Mrs Drake is mistaken for passionately wanting sixty ducks when she is waving to a friend and has no choice but to take them home to her stressed husband.

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* ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'' has one where a hideous work of "art" is sold due to the presence of flies in the room. Fortunately, the auctioneer buys it back (after several unsuccessful attempts to get rid of the thing) as it turns to be worth a lot more than it was sold for.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', when Doug and Skeeter answer the questions of a rock band named The Beets at an attempt to win two tickets for the concert, they are stuck answering the last question: What is the name of the Beets album that showed a microscopic picture of Chap Lipman after his gallbadder surgery, which Doug inadvertently answered, "Beats Me", which is actually the name of the band's album (Beets Me is the pun), thus winning tickets to the concert for him and Skeeter.


-->'''Danny:''' Sold, for too much money, to the guy with not enough money!
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-->'''Danny:''' Sold, ->''"Sold, for too much money, to the guy with not enough money!
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money!"''
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''WebOriginal/GameGrumps'' ''VS'': TableTopGames/{{Monopoly}}

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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Deadly Bidding", Charlie Garret is bidding on a painting, but drops out when the bidding passes $100,000. However, when he attempts to signal Jessica, he actually bids $400,000 and wins the auction.

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