PHOTO: Stephanie Sandor and Jeff Etherington bid during the auction. Photo Jeremy Piper

THEY say lightning never strikes twice, but, through no fault of his own, young Sydney auctioneer Jake Moore yesterday found himself at the centre of another controversy.

Just as he said ‘Sold’ and brought the gavel down at $3,725,000 for a deceased estate at 82 Ocean St, Bondi in the favour of a young couple, Stephanie Sandor and Jeff Etherington, the agent, Laing and Simmons Woollahra agent Rylee Page yelled out: “Wait …”.

And the underbidder, standing beside her but not directly in the auctioneer’s view, raised her card and said

“10,000 more!”