Two hours after the auction stalled because the sole bid was not high enough, the Pohara house that Golden Bay tradespeople built to raise funds for the new Golden Bay Integrated Health Centre, sold for an undisclosed figure that "starts with four".
An excited crowd packed the freshly completed property on Saturday to enjoy both an art auction, and the house auction, for the final fundraising effort for Golden Bay's new health centre.
While most of the art sold during the first auction, only one person bid for the sparking new Kohikiko Place house. Clifton resident Ross Tulett offered $385,000 for the house. When no one else offered a counter bid, the process stalled.
"At the end of the day we all know it's worth a figure that's north of the figure we've reached today," fundraiser Matthew Toynbee told the crowd.
Two hours later, after negotiations at the Penguin Cafe, Mr Tulett reached an agreement with the committee, to buy the house for an undisclosed sum that was more than $400,000.
Mr Tulett said he had had his eye on the house for a while and he thought the location was "excellent."
First National real estate sales manager Nick Hodgkinson said the weekend's fundraising took the total figure raised for the health centre over the past two years to "well over one million" which he dubbed a "very good result from our small community".
Artists who contributed work included Peter Green, Adrian and Margaret Maloney, Royce McGlashen, Robin Slow, Dean Raybould, Kathy Reilly, Johanna Ward and Paul Winspear.
Central Takaka-based Fran Paton won the bidding for a painting by Robin Slow. She said she "was shaking" as she placed her bids from the large crowd. "I came here to look at the house, but ended up buying the painting. I've been looking at Robin Slow work for a while. I like the intricacies in it, I like that it's got a lot of black and white it it," she said.
Builder Frank Byrne said while he kicked off the building process and "threw $10,000 of labour at it to take the house to the roof stage," his nephew Brooks Byrne "drove it" taking the house from the "first peg to the last nail".
"It was really good to get involved in this build, to have the opportunity to see the finished product," Brooks Byrne said..
- The Nelson Mail
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