On Sunday’s nail-biting finale of The Block, Steph and Gian were the runaway winners with their house selling for an incredible $5million.
They walked away with $1.65 million profit plus prize money of $100,000, bringing their total earnings to a record breaking $1.75 million.
Steph and Gian’s House 4 was first to auction, and it was a tense time for the pair, who called their $3.35 million reserve ‘hell’ and feared they would not make money on the sale.
The bidding quickly reached $4million thanks to serial bidder Danny Wallace, but the action was halted after a woman fainted during the auction and was taken to hospital.
After the pause, the bidding stalled at $4million, before jumping a million dollars straight up to $5million – and the hammer fell, with House 4 sold.
The $5million sale gave the pair $1.65 million profit, with Steph and Gian embracing and bursting into tears as they called the money, ‘life changing’.
The house was sold to Adrian Portelli, known as ‘Mr Lambo’, who said he wanted to prove he was a real bidder after controversy last season.
‘After the slack I copped last year, had to prove I’m not a dummy bidder and came out hard and strong’ he said.
‘I feel like it’s the most appealing house to a broad audience and, yeah, it was the favourite and I won it.
‘And Steph and Gian just very deserving as well. Incredible people. They’ve done an amazing job.’
Adrian spent $1.58 million on Omar and Oz’s house last year, but smashed his record this season.
‘It’s an incredible feeling. We are so overwhelmed right now and can’t believe it’ Steph and Gian said.
‘It was such a surreal day, and to end on such a high like this after all the hard work is amazing.
‘We are so grateful that Adrian Portelli saw something in our house which we love so much. This will change our lives.’
They added: ‘We have no idea what we are going to do with the money yet. It’s going to clear our debts in Sydney. It’s going to set us up for whatever the next stage is. It’s just unbelievable.’
Next on the block were sisters Eliza and Liberty with House 5 up for grabs with a $3.25million reserve.
The bidding reached $4.1 million during a showdown between Danny and Adrian, stalling for some time as they two men considered their options.
Adrian jumped up to $4.2 million, taking the odd move of bidding against himself – which has never happened on the show before.
He did it yet again, outbid himself once more, putting in an offer at $4.3 million.
House 5 was sold for $4.3 million, earning the siblings a profit of $1.050 million after a phone bidder pulled out.
The pair wept that they’d have ‘never made this much money in their lives’ had it not been for the show.
Kristy and Brett’s House 3 had a reserve of $2.97million and the couple said they were ‘not calm’ going into the auction.
There was immense frustration from the pair as the bidding stalled and the price just barely crawled over the reserve.
They twice called a pause to the auction to speak to the auctioneer, flying into a rage over the bidding not starting at a stronger figure and for the auctioneer alienating Danny and Adrian with his quips.
With both Adrian and Danny sitting it out, the price crawled up so slowly, leaving the couple ‘devastated’.
‘How can we tank so heavily after 1 and 2?’ an upset Kristy said, adding that the $65,000 they raised over reserve wouldn’t cover three months of their work.
‘It is an absolute steal. It is almost free at this level’ said comedian Dave Hughes, who was taking part in the auction.
It was no use, and House 3 sold for just $3 million, the couple taking home just $65,000.
Kristy was left in tears, saying that her agent ‘f***ed it up for us’ and that ‘Australia got what they wanted’.
Kyle and Leslie’s House 1 was up next with a reserve of $2.97 million, and there was hope as Danny had not yet bought a house, either had Dave Hughes – plus Adrian was still in the room and ready to bid.
The house struggled to make the reserve, the auction absolutely crawling before Adrian jumped in, taking the price to $3.1 million.
House 3 was sold for $3.1, winning the couple $130,000 which was bittersweet.
Leslie said she was ‘happy’ with the cash, but wiped away tears as the other contestants congratulated her.
Leah and Ash were last to auction, with their House 2 up with a $2.97 million reserve, and Danny still having not made a purchase.
However the main buyer who showed interest in the property was revealed to be the woman who was earlier taken to hospital, and now there was no one as keen.
There was again a struggle for the house to even reach the reserve price and there was talk of passing it in.
After tense negotiations, the house was indeed passed in and did not sell on the day.
Dave Hughes expressed some interest but said he needed to check with his wife, and the house would instead go on sale on Monday leaving the pair empty handed.