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There's a long and often silly history behind the efforts to sell 2323 N. Herrin (3br/2ba, 2020 sq. ft.).

But what matters now is that this "Roth-built" 60s original fronting busy Marine Ave. has now actually closed a deal at $1.115M.

They have tried to sell this home in hot markets and cold markets dating back to 2006. Most recently, they tried and failed to sell in 2013 – which wasn't easy.

The sellers have asked as much as $1.350M and as little as the high 900s over that long span of time.

Twice in 2006, the MLS listing officially called the sale an "auction."

Once the listing was very clear that the property would sell to the highest bidder on a specific date – then, no deal. We also have records about a proposed auction at Herrin in Summer 2007.

Oh there are bidding wars, and overbids, and shocking sale prices.

And then there's the case of 1023 Dianthus.

This is a smallish 50s house on a lot that's very small for the Hill Section (3br/2ba, 1250 sq. ft., 4425 sq. ft. lot).

The location is sub-sub desirable. We won't call it an 'F' location, but you know, if there's going to be a grading scale, some properties have to be more at one end for some others to rate an 'A.'

Here Dianthus is a fairly busy street and the corner lot suffers for that. It's in sight of traffic from MBB, and during heavy traffic times, some will dive off MBB onto Dianthus rather than wait for the light at Sepulveda – boosting rush hour traffic on this block. It's also pretty darn far east.

The house itself – you'll see it…

It's been about 3 years since the last public auction in Manhattan Beach. Sunday, they held one at  1761 Voorhees in East MB.

The 2009 auction lasted 90 seconds. This one, too.

Seems like most of the people we chatted with on site Sunday were observers, no dog in the hunt. People were just curious about how the spectacle of a home auction unfolds.

MBC readers, you were virtually there. You can check out our 4-minute video here. (Dave's intro and postgame added a bit to the length.)



Now, those of you who aren't keen to play the video right now are going to be wondering: How much did it sell for? 

Well, MBC isn't one of those sites where you're going to have to wait to find out, or click through a bunch of ads first.

Final sale price: $1.320m.

So, what'd we say…

We don't do auctions in MB much – well, not true auctions. Bidding wars that look like auctions, sure.

But a true property auction is coming up Sunday, a probate auction that will be the first like this that we've seen since December 2009.

It's at 1761 Voorhees (4br/4ba, 3325 sq. ft.), a 1990 Spanish-inspired home just a couple of doors off of Aviation in furthest East MB.

On Sunday afternoon at 4:15pm, the flag will drop at the property and bidding will begin.

Last time we saw a public probate auction in Manhattan Beach, the whole deal was done within 90 seconds. (See "Probate Auction Ends at $805k.") So get ready for that this time, too.

At Voorhees, they had just one public open house, last Sunday, and suffice it to say the place was crawling with people…