Jonathan Chancellor | 7 February 2014

AC/DC house (and guitar) sells for $1.32 million in high voltage Lilyfield auction

The former AC/DC bass guitarist Mark Evans secured $1.32 million when 12 Starling Street, Lilyfield sold through Simon Pilcher of Pilcher Residential at auction this morning. Nothing dirt cheap.

It was a three-bedroom weatherboard workers cottage...marketed with a signed new guitar to be thrown in.

It was auctioned by James Hayashi of Cooley Auctions. It was knocked down to a couple with two year old children, which mimiced the Evans family circumstance when they secured the cottage in 1998.

The former AC/DC bass guitarist Mark Evans headlined Sydney's weekend auctions as the February early bird vendors hope to catch the buyers in record numbers.

Mark Evans and his wife, Bille Amatnieks-Evans paid $426,000 in 1998. 12 Starling Street, Lilyfield is a 272 square metre block, one of around 45 inner west auction offerings this weekend. They were hoping for $1.2 million plus on the three bedroom, two bathroom home, well above the suburb's current RP Data $971,000 median house price.

The property, close to the light rail, comes with attic dormer style master bedroom. 

The new owners will get a signed new electric guitar on settlement, although there was a ceremonial gifting this morning after the onsite auction. 

The bass guitarist was an early member of AC/DC from March 1975 to June 1977, playing on their albums T.N.T, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock and '74 Jailbreak.

Evans subsequently played for numerous other groups, including Cheetah, Swanee and The Party with his autobiography, Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC released in 2011.

Last year Iva Davies, the former Icehouse frontman, sold his Lilyfield property for $961,000. Davies had been hoping for about $900,000 for the redundant Lilyfield house which sold through Mark Coleman, of Laing+Simmons Glebe. It cost $100,000 when bought by the then Artarmon-based musician in early 1982.

The Whale Beach-based Davies had rented out the two-bedroom house on Catherine Street since 2006, with the starting rental being around $465 a week. 

Next month the Hoodoo Gurus lead guitarist Brad Shepherd - who wrote the mid-1990s classic You Open My Eyes - and his wife Sahara have their Rawson Avenue, Queens Park home (pictured below) listed for March 1 auction with $1.7 million plus hopes through Ray White Double Bay's Annette Pollak and Kim Hayes.

Last year the former Divinyls guitarist Mark McEntee and his partner, the fashion designer Melanie Greensmith moved into the Spanish Mission block, Del Rio in Elizabeth Bay.

Greensmith, the founder of Wheels and Dollbaby, fell in love with the 1930s garden apartment, and made an offer to caterer and restaurateur Charles Wilkins, the day after she saw it through estate agent Jaime Upton. It sold for around $4.25 million.

The high-profile couple - and dogs, Fifi L’amour and Napoleon Bonaparte - divide their time between Perth and Sydney given Greensmith's 26-year old fashion house is on Crown Street, Surry Hills.

The 2009 Belle-featured apartment had been purchased in October 2001 for $1.96 million and subsequently underwent $1.5 million worth of improvements overseen by designer Garth Barnett.

But Property Observer gathers there's been a quick makeover since its sale last June, all on show in the recent Vogue Living who describe it as a "every inch the rock star pad."