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Australasia’s best vie for the ultimate gavel

25 Sep 13

The Australasian Auctioneering Championships are an annual event showcasing the most professional and skilled auctioneers from Australia and New Zealand.

The Championships are conducted jointly by the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) and were first held in 1993 to provide both countries with an opportunity to showcase their best auctioneers.

This week, the gorgeous city of Perth will host the championships and 18 fierce competitors will vie for the highly coveted title of Auctioneering Champion.

Devised bidding processes test the auctioneers’ expertise and ability to think on their feet. To be successful, competitors have to deal with a wide range of testing questions and unpredictable bids.

REISA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Greg Troughton, said that the flair and talent of the auctioneers is truly exceptional; participants need to create momentum in the bidding while building rapport with the crowd.

“From South Australia, we have Lindsay Warner of Brock Williams Harcourts, a veteran of the auction world and Jarad Henry of LJ Hooker Glenelg, one of the young guns in auctioneering”.

“Both of these auctioneers are extremely talented and watching them in auctioneering action is thrilling” he said.

Combining skill, professionalism and technical knowledge, the contestants are highly accomplished and high-energy performers.

“The competition is tough and the stakes are high. New Zealand auctioneers have won five championships out of the last six. I think it’s time we bring the trophy home” he said.

Finalists announced

Rob Mason – WA
Daniel Coulson – NZ
Andrew North – NZ
Harry Li – VIC
Justin Nickerson – QLD



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