A €200 registration fee and a large group of protesters failed to put off over 800 prospective property owners bidding at the latest Allsop Space "monster" property auction.
There were minor scuffles outside the RDS in Dublin yesterday and property buyers were threatened with being "targeted" in their communities by members of a group of up to 40 protesters outside the venue.
A strong security and garda presence, combined with a new €200 registration charge, successfully kept protesters out of yesterday's auction after they had previously closed down the company's last session in July by storming the room at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel.
The protesters instead devoted their efforts to harrying the queues of registered buyers.
By the start of the auction more than 550 had pre-registered online and paid the charge. By the end of the day, more than 850 had registered to bid – a figure almost as high as previous attendances where no registration was required.
Allsop Space estimated that 90pc of the properties had sold with an overall tally of €11m.
As the 11am auction start time approached, protesters lifted the barriers and charged to the entrance but were contained in an area in front of the building.
Aside from a scuffle in which one man grappled with a security operative, the protest was peaceful. Protesters continued to attempt entry through the day and an attempt to set off the fire alarms was unsuccessful.
One protester shouted to buyers that they would be "targeted" and "named and shamed" in their communities and that there would be "repercussions".
For its part, Allsop Space once again voiced its bewilderment, accusing the protesters of being "misguided".
The company claimed that it was the only auctioneering firm to guarantee that it did not sell repossessed family homes.
Among the protesters were Independent TD Mattie McGrath and businessman Gerry Beades.
Also present was the Anti-Eviction Ireland group, including Mark FitzSimons, who said he was there to protest against ordinary people losing their homes because of mistakes made by the banks.
However, in response to Allsop Space's challenge, none of the protesters – including Mr McGrath and Mr Beades – could offer an example of a non-business linked repossession being sold by Allsop Space.
Inside the hall, there was a discernably high number of young Asian bidders.
Notable sales included Phoenix Hall, a run-down four-bed period house with two derelict cottages on one acre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, which had a reserve of €350,000, but sold for €580,000.
Lot one, a two-bedroom apartment in Wolfe Tone Street in Dublin 1, with a reserve of €90,000 and rent of €9,600, sold for €170,000.
A family sized period home at Booterstown was sold for €410,000 after being reserved at €250,000.