PHOTO: Suay Toprak and Ahmad Sulaiman placed the winning bid on the Archbald Ave home. Picture: Jordan Shields Source: News Limited

Sydney auctions continued to draw big crowds, despite the state election, with 60 people converging on a home in Sydney’s south to watch a couple smash the competition with a winning strategy.

A pair of long-time house hunters beat out tough competition for a home that went to auction in Sydney’s south today, paying nearly $100,000 over price expectations.

The home at 12 Archbald Avenue in St George suburb Brighton-Le-Sands was expected to sell for around the $1.1-$1.2 million mark but strong interest helped push the price to $1,285,500.

The winning bid was $85,500 above the reserve and more than $180,000 above the opening offer.