Auctions push appeal past $2 million mark

About 150 people watch as a charity three-bedroom home is auctioned at Dunedin's Mitre 10 Mega...
About 150 people watch as a charity three-bedroom home is auctioned at Dunedin's Mitre 10 Mega car park on Saturday to raise money for the neurosurgery appeal.
Fairfield couple Susan Wyngaarden-Low and Malcolm Low take hold of the keys to their new three...
Fairfield couple Susan Wyngaarden-Low and Malcolm Low take hold of the keys to their new three-bedroom home, bought at auction for $163,000. Photos by Peter McIntosh.

More than $160,000 has been added to Dunedin's neurosurgery appeal with the auction of a charity-built three-bedroom house.

Fairfield residents Susan Wyngaarden-Low and Malcolm Low bought the home for $163,000, at the auction within Mitre 10 Mega's car park in Dunedin on Saturday.

The home was built and sold as part of a fundraising campaign to secure a third neurosurgeon at Dunedin and the University of Otago.

Just under $2.2 million of the $3 million target has now been raised.

Mrs Wyngaarden-Low said she and her husband, who plan to put the house on their 0.6ha Fairfield section and use it as a rental, had not decided beforehand whether to bid at auction, but were pleased with the result.

"We had been looking for a home to put on a section and we got a good price.

"We also liked the fact that [Dunedin architect] Alison Carey was involved in designing it, because we know her well," she said.

They had to pay a 10% deposit within 48 hours of buying the property. A possession and settlement date was set for mid-June.

Before Saturday's house auction, five domestic packages including tools, furniture, gardening appliances and household items were auctioned for a total of $1720.

About 150 people inspected the house and watched it being auctioned, but few placed bids.

Bidding started at $100,000 but auctioneer Chris Kennedy had his work cut out when the auction almost slowed to a halt at just $120,000.

Mr Kennedy got approval to sell the home once bidding exceeded $150,000.

Campaign project manager Irene Mosley said the auction was "quite a nerve-racking way" to raise money but she was thrilled with the end result.

 

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