The Auction is 2D animation short. I always love to see 2 things in short films : 'Fully Developed Characters' and a 'Rich Backstory'! Because there's always less time to build your characters, break the characters at places and build parts of them again unlike full length feature films.
The concept of Fully Developed Characters has many parameters in it, but the role of character 's 'wants and needs' in story, is the classic sign of it. And rich backstory always helps to construct the character, if it plays essential part of conflict.
The Auction has both of these things, and those make the short more appealing!
It even has character designs that reflect the character in some way, and each character moves in a unique way, sticking to their inner selves, it builds more noticeable contrast between different characters.
Storytelling of The Auction isn't linear, it goes back and forth very carefully to reveal important narrative beats.
And 'The Pauses', they are very perfectly timed, they not only build anticipations but they help in revealing character and story as closely as possible.
The Auction is fun and engaging character centric animation short that manages to surprise, even in the climax. Personally to me, It's sort of dark satire of the quote, "You don't own things, they end up owning you, and if they own you, you are blinded by them"
Following is the official description of The Auction :
"The Auction is an animated short about a revengeful man who finally finds his long lost toy only to relive a special moment from his childhood…"