Thanks Thrill. You needed the additional posts.
Not quite sure what you did, Kal. I like the idea of taking the last bid (the winning bid) of each player and putting it into a winner's bid. Use the Merge Posts function for this. Once you've got it, then just use merge topic thread for the non-winning bids.
Yeah as Thrill stated...nothing ever gets deleted. It's always merged, moved, etc.