Diane:This is so exciting! I've never been to an auction before.
Martin:Sit down. It's about to start. The auctioneer is on the podium with her gavel and she's ready to start the bidding.
马丁：坐下 。快开始了 。拍卖师正拿着木槌站在台上，竞价马上就要开始了 。
Diane:Are you bidding on the first lot?
Martin:No, the reserve is too high. See? The opening bid is over 10,000 dollars. I'm not surprised. Items of that quality don't appear on the auction block very often.
马丁：不，保留价太高了，明白不？起拍价超过一万美元 。我一点也不吃惊 。拍卖会上很少出现品质如此高的拍品 。
Diane:What are those people doing on the phone?
Martin:They are bidding on behalf of people who can't be here, the absentee bidders. Hey, stop waving that paddle around! The auctioneer is going to think that you're placing a bid.
马丁：他们在代表不能到场的真正的竞买人出价 。嘿，不要挥舞竞买号牌！不然拍卖师会以为你在出价 。
Diane:Oh, sorry. Listen, the price is up to 30,500 dollars. Going, going, gone! The auction house is going to make a nice commission on that one. This is so much fun!
黛安：啊，对不起 。听着，价格达到3万5百美元了 。要卖了，要卖了，卖掉了！拍卖场又要大赚一笔佣金了 。
Martin:Shhh! I'm going to bid on the next lot. Where is the paddle?
Martin:Yeah, the paddle. Where did you put it?
Diane:I had it just a minute ago.
Martin:Find it, or else I'm putting your head on the block.
Diane:The auction block?
Martin:No, the chopping block!
put one's head on the block
In the past, the block was a large piece of wood on which criminals had their heads cut off. Now it means to risk destroying other people's opinion of you or losing your job by doing or saying something;
1. He put his head on the block by promising his team wouldn't lose any more matches this year.
2. I don't know why I should put my head on the block for Joan. What has she ever done for me?
Since you have known the meaning of "head on the block", do you understand the expression of "on the block" in an audition.
She bent over backwards to make him feel at home.