The best and worst of Australian sports auctions
- by admin
The best, worst and most obscure sporting auction events.
Read more:The 2017 Sydney Harbour Ten Foot Derby was a unique event, as it was the first event of its kind, and it sold out before the start.
With the event in Sydney’s north-west, there were a few reasons why it didn’t quite go the way of the Sydney Harbour Five Footy, which sold out at the same time.
In the first hour of the race, the crowd was not quite the same, with about 5,000 people crammed into the small oval, but as the race progressed, that number dwindled and eventually dwindled to around 2,000, leaving the race on a bit of a downer.
As the race went on, the crowds grew and became a more diverse mix, with a huge crowd in the central half of the oval, and a smaller crowd in other areas.
It wasn’t the first time this happened, as the Sydney-based auctioneer and sport memorabilia buyer Jason McAlpine said the first Sydney Harbour Four Footy in 1878 sold out in just under 24 hours.
It was also the first race to be sold out, with the first-ever Sydney Harbour Seven Footy held in 1885, and the Sydney Seven Footies held in 1886.
“We’ve had quite a few sell-outs in the past, but this is the first one that has gone to excess,” he said.
“It’s been an event that has sold out almost every year, so this is definitely a bit different.”
But McAlpenys point wasn’t necessarily on selling the race.
“The thing that I think the race sells out for the most part is the crowd,” he explained.
“For some reason, it’s the one that sells out, because the crowd just doesn’t know what to do with themselves.”
As a result, it becomes the most popular auction event in Australia, with every Australian going to the races, and many other sporting events and auctions also selling out.
“As soon as you put the auction in, people are really excited to go,” McAlpens chief executive officer, Scott Bowers, said.
“They’ll go to the auction house, they’ll go home and they’ll spend all day just hanging out with their friends and family, and they’ve never seen anything like it before.”
People are going to put the money down and then they’re going to go home, and you’ve got a massive number of people there who will be looking at the results and just going ‘Oh wow, that’s really good’,” he said.”
The event also sold out on multiple occasions, with most people attending the event being able to get tickets for as little as $20 each, and tickets were available for just $1.
The Sydney Harbour Footy sold out within five minutes of the start, and sold out again just over three hours later, with people lining up to buy tickets to the event for just over $30 each.
The event sold out once more within five minute of the event starting, and was sold out three hours after the start of the next event, with fans lining up for tickets for just under $50 each.
“I think that’s a really good record for an auction,” Mr Bowers said.
Mr McAlpinns experience was different from most.
“At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of the sport,” he told the ABC.
“But when I saw the crowd going crazy, I thought ‘Wow, I can do this’.”
Mr McBens said he saw the event as a “gift” from his parents, who he grew up with and loved watching, and said it was a “fun” way to spend his time with his family.
“You get to see your parents, you get to watch them go out and you get a little glimpse of yourself,” he recalled.
“They’re doing things that you never see in the world, like running and things like that, so it’s just a great time for family to spend time together, and to have fun.”
The best, worst and most obscure sporting auction events.Read more:The 2017 Sydney Harbour Ten Foot Derby was a unique event,…
- Chevy says it will scrap ‘Polaris’ minivan as it ramps up production of the Chevy Bolt 2 sedan
- What the car auction site is really for: Dealers or car buyers?
- Auctions go live at the Garrard auction house
- Rebel Auction, Rapper’s ‘Sugar High’ Auction, Auctioned Off With Auction of ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ title Rebel auction, Rappers ‘Sugaree’ Auction Sell for $3.5 Million at Rikers Island
- How to buy an auction house in Australia