Auctioneer Richard Earle told the crowd he would replace the popular neighbours with a great new family, and things looked promising when he secured an opening bid of $1,550,000. The bidder stood well back from proceedings and looked on as a vendor bid was then pencilled in at $1,575,000. Another $5000 raise from the original bidder was given the nod. A crowd search for some competition proved fruitless, and the property was passed in on the bid of $1,580,000 prompting a stroll inside for post auction negotiations. Bought after.