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103-year-old’s auction blunder: “I’ve taken it, it’s too late!”

103-year-old’s auction blunder: “I’ve taken it, it’s too late!”

Developers did not come to play at a Camp Hill home in Brisbane’s east on Saturday, as they fought it out for a splitter block that was being sold for the first time in 70 years.

However, the 103-year-old neighbour, Roland Busby, was the one who really stole the thunder when, at $1.601m, he decided to throw his hat in the ring.

“And one!” he cried from his front row seat in the backyard of 52 Newman Avenue, Camp Hill.

“No!” yelped a family member who sat right beside him.

“No, I’ve taken it, it’s too late,” Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush joked.

Thankfully Mr Busby’s bank account remained safe and the property went for a whopping $1.601 million.

The three-bedroom red brick house on a double 810sq m block belonged to Ray White Metro North principal David Treloar’s grandmother before she passed away in 2018.

James Stephenson of Nundah, in Brisbane’s north, opened the bidding at $1.3m.

“We’ve got current projects but we’re trying to buy something else,” Mr Stephenson said.

A new partnership between u&u Recruitment Partners managing director Craig Sneesby and architect Renee Dunn was the one to beat all 22 bidders, at $1.601m.