What is a silent auction?
The auction is "silent" in that there is no auctioneer. The donor of the item to be auctioned determines a starting price. Those interested in the item write their bids on a sheet of paper, often left on a table near the item. At the predetermined end of the auction the highest listed bidder wins the item. This auction is often used in charity events, with many items auctioned simultaneously with a common finish time.