The Block Sky High cast.
Over 200 bidders and spectators flocked to South Melbourne on Saturday afternoon to see The Block's five apartments auctioned off.
Season seven of Channel Nine's reality show is set in a Park Street apartment block, and appropriately, it was in the adjacent park where the opening segment was filmed.
On a makeshift stage, host Scott Cam introduced the five competing couples to loud clapping and cheers and reminded the crowd it was the "biggest ever series of The Block".
Everybody was doing their best to ignore the chilly conditions of the overcast winter afternoon. At least it wasn't raining.
But how many of the crowd were there to bid and how many were there just to watch?
Narelle Vorstenbosch, of Ballarat, was one of the latter.
"I just like reality shows. I came for a look," she said. "I like all the different renovation ideas."
She said she had a favourite couple. "Bec and George are my favourite – they do a good job and they bounce off each other. Bec sticks up for her man and George is so laid-back."
After the introduction was filmed and some audience prizes awarded, dozens of bidders then flocked to their apartment of choice.
Outside, a large crowd waited excitedly on the footpath.
So did the apartments sell – and if so, for how much and to whom? We can't say, but Nine promises that all will be revealed in The Block's final episode on Sunday night.