Edmund Hillary's home sold at auction

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The future of the New Zealand explorer Sir Edmund Hillary's Auckland home remains unclear after it was sold at auction today.

The house at 278A Remuera Road went to the bid of Auckland estate agent Graham Wall, who purchased it on behalf of clients he would not name.

The selling price of $1.9m was just below the house's government valuation of $1.93m. Planning restrictions allow only one unit to be built on the 1738sq m site.

The 198sq m house was built in 1957 by Sir Edmund, four years after he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay conquered Mt Everest. Sir Edmund died in January last year.

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