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Golden Gavel



 The Society's GOLDEN GAVEL Competition and Awards was created by Past President, Anthony Toop FSAA (Life) in 1993 and has been passionately supported by the Auctioneering professions since inception. The concept evolved as a means to give profile to our local Auctioneers and Appraisers and it has become the benchmark for the Australasian Competition and other Auction Competitions within the Real Estate, General and Livestock professions within Australia and New Zealand. 

The GOLDEN GAVEL has developed and evolved to recognize excellence for all Auctioneers and Appraisers by encouraging especially young performers to enter the Rising Star category as a follow on to the Society's Nationally Accredited 2 Day Real Estate Auction Academy.

The GOLDEN GAVEL is the longest running Auctioneering Competition in the Southern Hemisphere and has unquestionably raised the standards of Auctioneering in South Australia and has been the spring board that has fast-tracked the careers of many South Australian auctioneers!


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The News Corp Australia GOLDEN GAVEL Winner will receive the Perpetual Trophy, Large Gold framed Hammer and a Cash Prize with a bonus if the winner nominates at the Launch.

Top Male & Female Finalists

The Top Male & Female Finalists are both recognized with a cash prize.

General Auctioneer of the Year

General Auctioneers are the true heartbeat of the Auction profession selling everything from Cars, Earthmoving machinery to Antiques and Fine Art sometimes selling 1000’s of lots in a single day and conducting clearing sales sometimes realizing many millions of dollars.

General Auctioneers submit a video of one of their Auctions for adjudication in front of a panel of Judges with a cash prize for the Winner and Runner up donated by du Plessis Auction Gallery with a bonus for the winner if nominated at the Launch. 

Real Estate Principal and Sales Consultant Auction Marketers

Society Members as Principals and Sales Consultants sell the most properties by Auction as reported in the Society monthly feature that appears in the Advertiser. The top 10 receive a plaque and the winner also receives a prize.

Top 15 Real Estate GOLD CLUB Auctioneers

This award recognises the top performers who have sold the most properties under Auction conditions for the previous calendar year as reported in the Society feature that appears in the Advertiser. The top performer is recognised as the Top Real Estate Auctioneer of the Year.

Real Estate Group Auction Marketer of the Year

This Award recognizes the Group that has sold the most properties under Auction Conditions from the monthly results submitted to the Society and published on the Society web page and in the Advertiser.

Real Estate Rising Star Male & Female

The Rising Stars of our industry are those auctioneers who gave completed less than 10 auctions in the field at the time of the Golden Gavel launch each year and have not won this Award previously. As our future senior auctioneers we thank the significant effort this group has put into taking that first step out of their comfort zones to compete at this level. The prize is a plaque and a cash prize for the winners of each category.

General Auctioneer Highest Price Single Lot

From the previous Calendar Year, the auctioneer submits details of the Lot sold.

General Auctioneer Highest Sale Proceeds

From the previous Calendar Year, the auctioneer that has predominantly conducted the Auction submits details of the gross sale proceeds.  


2015 News Corp Australia SA

2015 Golden Gavel Winner

AJ Colman M.S.A.A, AJ Colman Independent

2015 Golden Gavel Finalists

AJ Colman, AJ Colman Independent

Ben Clarence, Harcourts Gawler Sales

Bronte Manuel, Toop & Toop

Jarad Henry, LJ Hooker Glenelg

Lindsay Warner, Harcourts Brock Williams


2015 General Auctioneer Champion

Angelo Bartemucci , Pickles Auctions


2015 General Auctioneer Runner Up

Runner Up: Robert Hunkin, Mason Gray Strange

2015 Livestock Auctioneer Champion

Paul Kilby, Elders Cummins

General Auctioneer Highest Price Single Lot and Sale Proceeds


Andrew Maros, MGS

2015 Rising Stars

Anthony DeMarco

Rebecca Burgess, LJ Hooker Strathalbyn


2015 Real Estate Group Auction Marketer of the Year

Ray White

2015 Top 15 Real Estate Gold Club Auctioneers


Brett Roenfeldt

David Smallacombe

Nathan Casserly

AJ Colman

Oren Klemich

Phil McMahon

Jason O'Halloran

Jarrod Tagni

Tim Thredgold

Jonathon Moore

Nick Baranikow

Phil McMahon

Richard Thwaites

Tim Thredgold

Troy Tyndall

2015 Top Real Estate Auctioneer

Jonathon Moore

2015 Top 10

 Sales Consultant Auction Marketers Finalists

Sharon Gray

Jarad Henry

Jonathon Kiritsis

John McRostie

Meg Meadows

Judy Morris

Cynthia Sajkunovic

Matt Smith

Tim Thredgold

Andrew Welch

2015 Top 10

 Principal Auction Marketers Finalists

Nick Baranikow

Paul Bateman

John Berno

Attilio Cavuoto

Anthony Fahey

Peter Kiritsis

Brett Pilgrim

Nick Psarros

Scott Robinson

Richard Thwaites


2015 Top Principal and Sales Consultant Auction Marketer Winner

Peter Kiritsis, Ray White Woodville

Andrew Welch, LJ Hooker Kensington


2015 Schools Auction Idol Winner

Grace Nankivell, Pulteney Grammar School

2015 Schools Auction Idol Finalists 

Louis DadeImmanuel College

Mikaela Anderson, Immanuel College

Chris QuinseyImmanuel College

Georgia Musolino, St Dominic’s College

Grace Nankivell, Pulteney Grammar School

Isaiah FabbroPulteney Grammar School