If The Block auction promised drama, it got it in the form of winners and losers last night.
High school sweethearts John and Neisha sold their Vaucluse apartment for $1,105,000, a cool $205,000 above their reserve of $900,000.
As the first apartment to go to auction on Tuesday night, it saw them become the runaway winners of the show. In doing so they pocketed the series prize of an additional $100,000.
But the win was in contrast to the auction of an apartment renovated by Brenton and Chez. After several bids it failed by $15,000 to meet its reserve of $880,000 and was passed in at $865,000.
The couple were gobsmacked when auctioneer (and Apprentice winner) Andrew Morello passed the property in. A stunned Brenton left the room to be consoled by his cast mates while a crushed Chez sat dumbstruck beside a speechless host, Scott Cam.
The apartment renovated by the “Two Fat Tradies,” aka Mark and Duncan sold for $907,0000, $47,00 above the reserve price of $860,000. Erin and Jake sold their property for $997,500, $87,500 above the reserve of $910,000. They also won a car.
The $305,000 prize for John and Neisha is one of the year’s biggest TV cash prizes, three times the money awarded by the record-breaking MasterChef.
The series has already been renewed for 2011 and is currently taking casting applications. Be prepared to walk away empty-handed.