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The In Auction is happening on the innest day, tomorrow, at the innest auction house, Veblen Hall, and is being hosted by the innest auctioneer, this foreign man named Gunther.

The In Auction is an organized event that was held in Veblen Hall in The City. There, only items that are in (in style or trendy, in other words) are auctioned off to the highest bidder. According to Esmé, the profits from the events were intended to go to a "good cause"; herself.

Background information

Esmé Squalor was in charge of coordinating the event along with Gunther, who was really Count Olaf in disguise. The Quagmire triplets,Duncan and Isadora, were hidden in an item that was sold in Lot 48 and were smuggled out shortly after the auction concluded. Over the course of The Ersatz Elevator, the former and Gunther planned out the auction together while Jerome and the Baudelaire children went out to eat at Café Salmonella and it eventually takes place at the climax of the installment. The auction ended in disaster when the Baudelaire children had bid on an item they assumed the Quagmires were hidden in because it had the initials, V.F.D., labelled on the packaging. Sadly, their bold attempt ended in melancholic disappointment when it turned that there were doilies hidden inside instead. This misfortune coupled with the revelation that the Baudelaires had no money to pay for their bid instigated an outrage that was followed by Gunther's cover being blown, but he took advantage of the scattered doilies to evade capture once again.


  • Lot 1: Count Olaf wanted poster and a pack of gum (TV Series only)[1] 
  • Lot 14: An enormous globe
  • Lot 25: A rare piano
  • Lot 46: Vase with blue flowers
  • Lot 47: Chocolate ballet slippers
  • Lot 48 (presumably 47 in TV series): A giant red herring statue in which Duncan Quagmire and Isadora Quagmire were held captive
  • Lot 48: A vase adorned with flower things (in TV series)
  • Lot 49: A valuable postage stamp
  • Lot 50 (49 in TV Series): Very Fancy Doilies
  • Unknown Number: A stuffed Mamba du Mal[2]
  • Unknown Number: Wooden spoon with googly eyes

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