The Block Australia 2022’s controversial bidder Adrian Portelli has offered up a $2.3 million mansion on the Gold Coast as a charity giveaway prize, after missing out on Omar Slaimankhel and Ozman “Oz” Malik‘s property.
ICYMI – The philanthropic millionaire went head-to-head in a brutal bidding war with buyer Danny Wallis for House Five during the November 6 finale, driving the final sale price to a whopping $5.66 million.
Adrian had planned to give House Five away as a promotional package for charity, similar to what Danny has does with some of his purchases from The Block.
“We didn’t win The Block house to give away, so we’ve found a replacement,” Adrian told news.com.au.
He added: “It’s a stunning house. It was never meant for a giveaway, but here we are.”
According to realestate.com.au, Adrian nabbed the new build (which is located in the Gold Coast’s affluent Sanctuary Cove neighbourhood) back in August 2022.
The publication has suggested the multi-million dollar giveaway was the next prize on offer through his promotions company LMCT+.
Through his promotional work, Adrian fronts a charity called The Little Legends foundation, which aims to help brighten the lives of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
It appears the funds from the giveaway will go towards his charity.
Currently, the company is also giving away a $1.3 million house, a fishing boat and an HSV Senator. Entries start at $10 and go up to $500.
Why Did Adrian Portelli Spark Controversy on The Block 2022’s Auction Day?
During the November 6 finale, Adrian had shown up to the auctions in an ostentatious Lamborghini, catching the eye of Sarah-Jane Wilson and host Scotty Cam.
But Adrian was only there to bid on his mates Omar and Oz’s property, which caused some fans of The Block to question whether the record-breaking sale was caused by “dummy bidding“.
“For everybody questioning the legitimacy of the auction, I was a genuine buyer with every intention to purchase that property. Nobody is the blame for what happened,” the businessman wrote on November 7.
He added: “Believe it or not if you’ve got two people that genuinely want the property, a bidding war will commence. I’m happy to show my bank account for anyone that suggests these were dummy bids.”
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