It’s auction day!
Bennie and I find ourselves in the rather melancholy position of heading for the big day via a funeral in Werribee.
Our pal Viki is crook so we pick up her son, Bennie’s ace mate Che, on the way through so at least she’ll be with us in spirit!
We arrive about half an hour before the auction.
There’s already a lot of people about and there’s more and more as the minutes tick by.
There’s a lot of media types in attendance, too.
Though these days, with the internet and all, it’s impossible to tell the print folks from the TV folks.
Many of my friends and colleagues from #letsbuythedog are on hand.
Then it’s on!
Given our own valuation had put the estimated value of the building to developers at about $3 million, I am surprised that’s precisely where the bidding starts.
Auctioneer Tristan Tomasino fields a couple of bids from one gent standing away from the crowd, but then it comes down to competing bids from two blokes standing right in front of him.
The property is passed in at $1,575,000 and we eventually find out it has been sold to the highest bidder at an undisclosed price.
Even better – the buyer is an investor who intends to keep the existing tenants, leases and uses of building as is.
There is a fine account of what unfolded in the story at Domain – read it here.
Apparently, in the end there were factors mitigating against developer interest so we ended up with three investor bidders.
Just how much the #letsbuysthedog campaign has been a factor in all this is hard to quantify.
The campaign fell well short of reaching its $1.5 million pledge target.
But getting to almost $60,000 in just a few weeks is an amazing result.
In every other way, it seems to me, the campaign has been an outstanding success.
The harnessing of so much robust community spirit and the generation of so much media coverage has been wonderful.
As well, the project has connected many dozens of like-minded people, groups and businesses in a gratifying and profound way.
These friendships are a fine outcome all on their own – but who knows where some of them may lead?
Do I hope to fraternise and even work with any or all of my new friends on similar or other projects in the future?
Stay tuned for future announcements.
It’s fair to say, though, that CTS Dancing Dog Diary entries will be thinner on the ground than they have been in recent weeks!