Actor and comedian Stephen Curry and his family, including The Dish star Bernard, celebrated Australia Day by buying the Rye boat shed that got away from their dad 40 years ago.
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They emerged the winners after seven bidders contested the rare property — paying $140,000, about $10,000 more than had been expected for the boat shed.
After the auction Curry revealed his family had a long connection with it, his father missing out on purchasing it when it last sold and his mother hoping her ashes will one day be scattered nearby.
“My father was going to buy it in the 1960s and he missed out, so we had to go for it,” Curry said.
“Our family feel very lucky to have this, this is our happy place.
“I’m looking forward to the first time we can bring some flatties and some squid in and have a barbecue here.”
There were plenty of laughs throughout the auction, with OBrien Real Estate auctioneer Jason Absolom starting it off barefoot in boardshorts and a two-piece suit, before hot competition and hotter sand forced him to pause and put some thongs on.
“There’s nothing more Australian than a beachfront boat shed for auction on Australia Day,” Mr Absolom said.
Leo Harwood sold the boat shed and said after becoming a local icon by spending almost every summer’s day sitting next to it in between swims since retiring in 1995 he had many great memories.
“But I don’t feel sad about it, I realise that I had to let it go — I can’t keep it anymore,” Mr Harwood said.
“And I paid $3500 for it, so it was a slight profit.”
Mr Absolom said the result had given him confidence the region could see good results in 2019, despite the property market ending last year on a gloomy note.
He added that selling on low-auction number days around public holidays could help homesellers get ahead.
“And the number of auctions this weekend were lower than what we will be seeing, and a low volume of competing sales is a great time to sell,” Mr Absolom said.
“I did it myself the day after Grand Final day some years ago.”
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