Jackie O narrowly misses out on $5.86m Vaucluse home that she saw for the first time on Saturday
Radio host Jackie O narrowly missed out on a Vaucluse home that sold for $5.86 million — nearly half a million-dollars above expectations — at an incredibly hot auction on Saturday.
And most bizarrely, the Kyle and Jackie O co-host, who had seen the luxury five-bedroom home at 13 Fitzwilliam Rd for the first time that morning, asked agents to halt proceedings so that she could register to bid for it.
Then, entering the bidding at $5.51 million, she and the eventual purchaser — a downsizer from Vaucluse — were locked in a bidding dual lasting 32 bids.
Jackie O was standing with her estranged husband, British photographer Lee Henderson and their seven-year-old daughter, Kitty.
The couple split last September but are still on good terms. She’s even offered to let Henderson keep their $6.7 million home in nearby Cambridge Ave, Vaucluse. .
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Although the Richardson and Wrench Double Bay agents Michael Dunn and Phoebe Nothling didn’t disclose the identity of the late bidder, others in the crowd of 60 recognised the mystery woman and revealed it to the Wentworth Courier.
“She kept on saying $5000 more, $5000 more,” one of the gobsmacked onlookers said.
And there was yet another surprise to come. When the bidding reached $5.22 million, proceedings were halted again as another couple registered.
They made their one and only bid of $50,000 — a bold attempt to knock out the competition taking it to $5.8 million.
But it didn’t work.
Jackie O cooly countered with $5,805,000.
Then the exchange of $5000 bids between Jackie O and the older man was back on, with the gent, standing close by Mr Dunn, eventually winning the keys.
The Double Bay veteran agent told the Wentworth Courier the auction was one of the most exciting he’d ever witnessed in his long career.
“It’s right up there … in terms of drama,” Mr Dunn said.
The home was owned by the former executive director of boutique investment managers Implemented Portfolios, Adam Seccombe, and his wife, Seana.
It has harbour views and is on a 898 sqm block.
There’d been a $5.25 million price guide.
With Saturday’s event being held poolside, auctioneer Peter Baldwin called it onto the market at $5.4 million.
Described in its realestate.com.au ad as “offering grand classical Georgian and Amalfi Coast influences”, the interested parties ranged from young families through to downsizers, all no doubt impressed by the charm, spacious layout, north-easterly aspect and multiple entertainment areas.
Parsley Bay beach is also only a short walk away.
Mr Dunn had sold it for $3.2 million to the vendors in 2012 and they’ve done nothing to it.
Interestingly, Richardson and Wrench had also auctioned the block that the house was built on in December 1911.