THIS week I called the auction of the symbolic first tray of mangoes for the season.
That’s right — not a house — a tray of mangoes.
I have been calling this auction for at least ten years and the energy around the event makes it one of my favourite calls of the year.
It is organised through the Brisbane Markets team to raise funds for charity — this year Life Education and Diabetes Qld — and they dig deep, really deep!
The mangoes sold for a massive $29,000 to the owners of Fruity Capers at Toowong with total of just under $35,000 raised for the charities at the event.
It got me thinking about the strangest things I’ve ever auctioned.
Obviously calling the auction on The Block was right up there.
There’s all the emotion of a normal sale, with the added pressure of the cameras and then the twists and turns of a reality show to draw in the audience.
But it’s not just property.
I have auctioned off people too.
The ladies bid frantically for single soldiers for Legacy and things really heated up when I sold a fireman to raise funds for burns victims.
Yep, you heard me, nothing!
He talks about how good nothing is, how exciting it would be to buy it and then (you’re never gonna believe me) people bid like crazy!!!
In fact my very first auction was for a yard of chocolate at the Eastern Suburbs hockey dinner. We needed some funds and someone asked if I had any ideas. Someone had donated the chocolate bar and five minutes later we had $115.
The combination of competition and generosity makes these charity auction events quite amazing.
So as the dust settles on another mango auction and people gasp at $29,000 for a single tray of 14 mangoes, you really need to look a little deeper and see the faces that benefit and then the fire in the eyes of those bidders with those eyes on the prize.
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