Auction Bloch

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At conventions, fans bid on professionals, buying an hour of their time. It is named for Robert Bloch who popularized it in the 1950s when he would auction off an hour of some well-known writer's time at a convention to raise money for a worthy cause. (The time gave the winner an hour of personal interaction with the writer at the convention.)

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