Whoa, that was the weirdest Block auction, ever!
First up was Chris and Jenna’s apartment. They were the underdogs during the entire series so anticipation was excruciating when their apartment hit the $1.5 million reserve price within seconds and then sat there, foreverrrrr!
It was nail biting to see if it could tip over reserve. And then, it set off and kept going until they walked away with a handsome $310,000 profit, selling their apartment for $1.81 million. Kudos to their exceptional auctioneer!
That impressive start to the auctions had us thinking everyone would walk away with big money.
The Voss brothers, Shannon and Simon, were up next with a reserve price of $1.575 million, less their $10,000 bonus = $1.565 million. It quickly hit reserve and kept going until they snapped up $335,000 profit, selling at $1.9 million. This was going to be a tight race.
Then Max and Karstan took the hot seat with a reserve of $1.7 million, less their $30,000 bonus = $1.67 million. One of the main bidders bought Shannon and Simon’s apartment and the room was awfully quiet when it came to selling Max and Karstan’s apartment. No one could believe it when their apartment sold for just $1.71 million. The huge, north-facing apartment was tipped to sell for the highest price. Max and Karstan couldn’t hide their devastation when it was all over.
Darren and Dee were stunned by Max and Karstan’s result and hoped their apartment would get things back on track. Their reserve was set at $1.4 million but after winning two of the challenges they got a $30,000 bonus = $1.37 million reserve price. We don’t know what their auctioneer was thinking to set such a low opening bid and then go up in only $10,000 bids! It stifled the price early and then it didn’t move. Darren and Dee were absolutely shattered when it was all over and they only made $10,000 profit, selling at $1.38 million.
To say Michael and Carlene were nervous was an understatement. They could see the auction had slowed and with a reserve price of $1.4 million, less their $20,000 bonus = $1.38 million, they were on the edges of their seats. Things could not have gone worse during their auction with it failing to hit reserve. It looked like they would call it in but then they were forced to accept a bid of $1.39 meaning they also walked away with $10,000 profit.
With that the auctions were all over and brothers Shannon and Simon were announced the winners, scoring an additional $100,000, setting them off with a hefty $435,000!
Meanwhile everyone was in tears and feeling guttered, especially for parents Michael and Carlene, and Darren and Dee, who spent months away from their kids to both only walk away with $10,000. (Sure, some people felt bad for Max and Karstan too but $40,000 is a lot of money, add onto that a free wedding and it’s hard to feel bad for them!)
We can’t believe how the auction took such a big turn for the worse after the boys apartment sold and are devastated our favourites Michael and Carlene didn’t walk away with more. It goes to show the highs and lows of reality television.
We know the best is yet to come though for all the contestants. Former Block contestants have branched out into television, product design (Josh and Jenna lighting range for Beacon Lighting), ambassadorships (Bec and George for Nostra Homes), and interior designer and styling (Alisa and Lysandra, and Bec Douros). This talented bunch will all go on to bigger and better things!
It’s sad to see The Block Glasshouse wrap up! The room reveals of this season were some of the most exciting, well designed and stylish rooms of any Block. Looking forward to doing it all again in early 2015!
Were you stunned by the auction results? Who were you hoping would win? Tell us in the comments below!