Outbid by Dad for $6m home where Mum died
A FATHER and son became opponents in a $6 million bidding war yesterday over the house where their wife and mother was found dead in a pool of blood in 2012.
Giovanni “John” Angius has been involved in a bitter legal dispute with his son Robert over a $40 million fortune ever since his wife Laura Angius was found dead at the foot of a staircase.
The pair went head-to-head over the four-bedroom former family home in South Coogee, which sold for $2 million above reserve.
Robert Angius made the opening bid of $4.6 million via an agent. But it was John who ran out winner, beating his son and another would-be buyer.
As the auction ended, a victorious Mr Angius Snr shouted to the stunned crowd: “Someone understand me — my wife never wanted to sell this house. She never wanted to die here.”
Ray White agents Augusto Gerocarni and Randall Kemp said they were stunned Mr Angius Snr had turned up.
Mr Gerocarni said: “I’ve never seen him before. He wasn’t at any of the opens.”
The family dispute began after John and Laura Angius separated in 2010. Robert sided with his mother while his sister Jenny aligned with her father.
Mr Angius found his 79-yearold wife’s body in January 2012 and a subsequent inquest delivered an open finding.
The day after Mrs Angius was found, Robert remembered his mother had written a new will in an exercise book, leaving him the family fortune which had been attained through a series of property deals.
Police had cordoned off the property, but Robert climbed a tree and entered the house, retrieving the will tucked between two books in the garage, where his mother told him he would find it.
It’s the legality of the unsigned will that has been the subject of ongoing court cases.
The house, at 2 Denning St, was sold through a public administrator.
The agents said they were sur- prised when Robert made the opening $4.6m bid.
That was immediately countered with a $4.7m bid by a woman standing with John Angius, who identified herself as granddaughter Gabriella. Another bidder also emerged, offering $4.75m.
Gabriella replied, shouting “$5m”. Bidding continued until Mr Angius spoke up with a $6 million bid. And it was his. As everyone filed down the stairs — the same stairs where Mrs Angius had fallen — Gabriella said: ‘My grandfather is very happy, he loves the house, he built it.”
An agitated Robert Angius in a conversation with supporters of his father Giovanni before the auction. Pictures: Sam Ruttyn
Giovanni Angius’ now grown-up granddaughter Gabriella was doing the bidding for him.
Laura Angius in 2000 , holding granddaughter Gabriella.
The South Coogee home.