AC/DC guitarist's Lilyfield offering to set tone for the inner west 2014 auction season

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

The 12 Starling Street, Lilyfield house, listed through Simon Pilcher of Pilcher Residential, is a three-bedroom workers cottage. Six contracts have been issued with $1.2 million plus hopes.

Mark Evans and his wife, Bille Amatnieks-Evans paid $426,000 in 1998. It's on a 272 square metre block, one of around 45 inner west auction offerings.

Property Observer gathers the new owners on auction day will also get a signed electric guitar. The bass guitarist who 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.

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.

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There were just the 90 odd auctions last weekend, when Australian Property Monitors reported an 80% success rate, and this weekend the number jumps to 290.

On February 15 APM expects 460 plus and some 730 on February 22, which takes the month's listing to 50% or so higher than February 2013. The 730 in a fortnight is understoof to represents a record for any same day February offering.

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The Saturday auctions also include 2/9a Parriwi Road, Mosman (pictured above), up for auction with $1.4 million plus hopes through Belle Property agent Tim Foote. The three bedroom, two bathroom house is within an 1890s house- renovated 1995  duplex - built for the Sydney jeweller Percy Marks. It features leadlight doors and windows, a beautifully maintained original fireplace, polished timber floors, picture rails and decorative cornices. 

It last sold at $790,000 in 1997. Upstairs sold in 2003 at $1.75 million.

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There's a modern townhouse at 1/2 Banksia Road Bellevue Hill (pictured above) which sold pre-auction for $1.42 million having been listed with $1.25 million plus hopes. The townhouse is in a block of four. Some 50 plus groups inspected so the agent Bernatette Berlyn at McGrath took the pre-auction offer.

February is going to be a bumper month.

And if you still hanker for the coastal escape........there's four Mollymook offerings this weekend including a Mitchell Parade beachfront, another at Dolphin Point, Culburra Beach, Ulladulla, Kings Point, Bawley Point or Mossy Point on the South Coast.

Or up near Byron, one of the oldest homes at Alstonville with a nearby fig tree older than the 110 year old house, Bonnie Doon (pictured below) goes to weekend auction. It a two acre property.

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