An auctioneer1 is primarily the agent of the seller2. He can, however, sell his own property and a buyer can take no objection to the sale on that ground3.
Whereas an estate agent has (usually) only a revocable mandate to bring about a stipulated result4 the auctioneer is a 'skilled agent to whom complete control of operations is given by the owner of the goods'5. He is employed, therefore, as an independent contractor rather than as an employee6.
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