The Perceval family in Melbourne auctioned their five-bedroom home last weekend, after receiving an initial bid of $2,060,000 AUD.
However, the offer was then upped to a round 2.2m under the condition that the Percevals include their son’s pet cat Tiffany into the deal.
Fran Perceval, told the Herald Sun that Tiffany would always sit on the couch during the numerous house viewings, one of which saw the child of a potential buyer become smitten with idea of owning the cat and informing her parents that she wanted that.
“People would come through, and she’d observe them and be patted,” she said.
“She loved all the attention — she does look a bit ornamental,” giggled a manically twitching Fran, before silently adding, with a crazed glean in her eye, “because she is ornamental and symbolizes the monetary value of my own son’s sense of loyalty and affection: that’s 140 thousand dollars, thank you ma’am!”
19-year-old Sam Perceval had bought Tiffany, the last of the litter, in a pet shop because he had felt sorry for her and was not pleased to see Tiffany being sold by his parents and then suffer them bragging about it to news outlets.
Perhaps hoping that the apple hadn’t fallen too far from the tree, Fran Perceval reasoned “We’re thinking we’ll put $20,000 in a pile next to the cat and say to Sam: you choose.”
They are now considering adopting a cat from the RSPCA when they move out, which means they will have made a $140,000 profit on selling other people’s cats, which is greedy.