After another nailbiting auction day on The Block, one couple has broken records and walked away with a “life-changing” profit.
NSW childhood sweethearts Steph and Gian emerged as this season’s clear winners during Sunday night’s finale after their home was bought for a whopping $5 million by Adrian Portelli.
After their $3.35 million reserve, that gave them a record-breaking profit of $1.65 million, overtaking the $1.586 million benchmark set by 2022 winners, Omar and Oz.
With the addition of $100,000 in prize money, Steph and Gian, both 27, are now $1.75 million richer.
Shortly after their win during the prerecorded auction on Saturday, the “overwhelmed” pair said on camera that besides “clearing [their] debt”, they had “no idea” what to do with their massive windfall – but speaking to 9Entertainment afterwards, they teased a “big” project.
“It’s going to clear our debts in Sydney, it’s going to really set us up for the next stage,” Gian told the publication.
“There’s [sic] big things in the pipeline,” he added, with Steph quickly echoing: “Big things.”
Elsewhere during the rollercoaster auction, Melbourne sisters Eliza and Liberty placed second with a $1.05 million profit after their home sold for $4.3 million.
WA’s Kyle and Leslie came in third with $130,000 after theirs went under the hammer for $3.1 million.
All three houses were snatched up multi-millionaire Adrian Portelli, who also bought last year’s winning Block house.
Meanwhile, South Australian couple Kristy and Brett pocketed $65,000 after selling their house for $3.035 million, while Queenslanders Leah and Ash were caught in the nightmare scenario of not having bids climb above their $2.97 million reserve, forcing them to pass it in.