MELBOURNE'S patchy property market passed its first serious test at the weekend, scoring an initial auction clearance rate of 66 per cent.

Concerns there would not be enough buyers for the 1100-plus auctions were allayed by the strong showing, the highest clearance rate for nearly two years.

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria reported the results from 1053 auctions, with 87 still outstanding and 13 postponed or withdrawn. This is still some short of the 1180 originally scheduled for the weekend.

The equivalent ''Super Saturday'' in 2010 took place on October 23 when 1031 auctions yielded a 68 per cent clearance rate.

Buyers' advocate Christopher Koren declared the so-called Super Saturday ''super with a small s''. ''It was a glass half-full Saturday but a clearance rate of 66 per cent still means 33 per cent did not and there are some unhappy people this week,'' Mr Koren said.

Some of the properties at the top end failed to lift but were sold afterwards. The most expensive house sold was 4 Como Avenue in South Yarra. The Harold Desbrowe-Annear designed property attracted a single genuine bid and sold after the auction for an undisclosed price believed to be more than $4 million.

However, in North Carlton, Nelson Alexander agent Nick West sold a double-fronted Edwardian at 985 Drummond Street for $2.17 million after strong bidding from three parties.

The four-bedroom house, which had been in the one family for 35 years, was sold for $315,000 past its reserve of $1.85 million.

Mr West said the rare big family homes in the inner suburbs were being fiercely contested by locals who want to stay in the area.