Renowned interior designer Cameron Comer’s Melbourne apartment was one of the city’s most eclectic choices at auction.
Two bidders competed for 10/33 Queens Rd, which had black walls, painted ceilings, bright green pendant lights and a second bedroom converted into a huge walk-in wardrobe.
Five back-and-forth bids pushed the price to $750,000 before it passed in and quickly sold to the highest bidder for $778,000.
Marshall White One agent Jack Nicol said the apartment, set inside a picture-perfect Art Deco building, had attracted a “particular kind of buyer” during the campaign.
But he called the underbidder, who arrived in his car midway through the auction, a “wooden duck”.
“They’d never been inside the property before and just drove past during the auction and decided to bid,” Mr Nicol said.
“He helped push the price up another $20,000 which was great.”
A Mornington family who planned to move to Melbourne bought the apartment after quick negotiations behind closed doors.
Mr Comer’s impressive walk-in wardrobe would be converted back into a second bedroom for the new owners.
The designer’s agency Comer and King has created impressive interiors for some of Melbourne’s best homes, along with eateries including new city bar Longsong.
He has updated the edgy apartment with his own personal flair after buying it in 2004.
“The apartment has been used as a personal showroom for his prospective clients, who are often high profile and wealthy individuals,” Mr Nicol said.