Tycoon's "obnoxious" house bid rejected

Thursday 18 September 2008

Article by Mozo

While buying their home outright under the hammer is an unlikely dream for many first-home buyers, a recent auction has shown that money may not be the only obstacle to bagging the perfect property.

For one David Waller – nephew of billionaire property tycoon and former Super A-Mart owner John van Lieshout – putting in the highest bid was not enough to secure him the keys to a $1.54 million mansion in Queensland.

In a case that has caused outrage and spurred Waller to threaten legal action, the tycoon’s $1.545 million bid was rejected by the auctioneer because he wanted bids to beat offers by at least $10,000.

Meanwhile, Ingrid Tall, a Brisbane doctor and friend of the mystery winner, told the Courier Mail Waller had been too obnoxious in his approach to bidding.

“If he was nice, he probably would have got his way,” she claimed.

For those who are keen to recreate some of the excitement of the auction room closer to home and raise a bit of cash in the process, news.com.au has pointed out that having a garage sale is always a good way to boost income and do away with unwanted goods.ADNFCR-1761-ID-18792373-ADNFCR

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