18 Mar 2009

Hillary's house sells for $1.9m

5:35 pm on 18 March 2009

Sir Edmund Hillary's house has sold for $1.9 million after some fierce bidding between two parties in Auckland.

About 80 people attended the auction at Bayleys auction house.

After a slow start and two breaks to consult with the owners, the auctioneer made it clear the property would be selling on Wednesday and the price was finally settled.

Real estate agent Graham Wall successfully bid for his client, but would not disclose who bought the three-bedroom home on Remuera Road or what would happen to it.

The house is set on 1773 square metres and has a capital valuation of $1,930,000.

Members of Sir Edmund's family attended the auction, including his granddaughter, who said the family were happy with how the auction went.

Sir Edmund gained worldwide fame as the first man, along with climbing companion Tenzing Norgay, to scale Mt Everest in 1953. He died in Auckland in January 2008, aged 88, after a long illness.

Auckland City Mayor John Banks had been working to try to move the house to the Museum of Transport and Technology but said that option was not viable.