THE little house from the beloved Australian film The Castle has been saved from extinction after selling for seven times more than its reserve price.
The three-bedroom weatherboard house at Strathmore, in Melbourne’s northwest, was home to the Kerrigan family in the 1997 classic comedy.
Most recently, however, the property has been at the centre of a real-life drama after its owner planned to demolish the house to make way for two new townhouses last year.
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The house was instead placed on the market as a relocatable home after a deal with council to relocate it to Corowa and turn it into a tourist attraction fell through.
The tiny dwelling sold within minutes at auction on Wednesday afternoon after a fierce bidding war between two buyers pushed the reserve price of $5000 to $40,000.
The new owners, Beechworth-based businessmen George Fendyk and Geoffrey Lucas, plan to relocate the building to a yet-to-be approved caravan park slated to be built on the historic Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum site in Beechworth.