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Home with a rainbow roof painted by a devastated widower fails to sell at auction after his death

A house with a rainbow roof painted by a devastated widower as a touching tribute to his late wife has failed to sell at auction.

The San Souci home was listed for sale after its late owner, John Hall, died last year, but the property failed to reach its $3million asking price at auction on Saturday.

While the home was passed in just shy of its asking price at $2.9million, Raine & Horne Kogarah director Michael Pyliotis told Daily Mail Australia it’s not over yet. 

John Hall (pictured) died last year and now his Sans Souci, south of Sydney, property (pictured) will go under the hammer

Mr Hall painted the tiles so that wife Berta 'can look down and see how much I love her' 

Mr Hall painted the tiles so that wife Berta ‘can look down and see how much I love her’ 

‘The property didn’t sell on the day …but we now have a party that has offered the amount that the trustees are happy with,’ Mr Pyliotis said. 

‘We’ve done sales advice and the two solicitors are talking to each other, trying to exchange the contract, and fingers crossed it could happen in the next few days.’ 

Since Mr Hall’s death last year the property has been under the care of the New South Wales Trustee & Guardian, who listed the property.

Raine & Horne Kogarah agent Enzo Puopolo told Domain that prospective buyers at auction were more interested in the property’s development potential.

He added, 15 parties had registered for the auction but on the day there were only four active bidders.

Mr Hall painted every tile on the roof of his fibro home, one at a time, back in 1997 in a touching tribute to his late wife. 

He painted the tiles so that the house could ‘be seen from heaven so (wife) Berta can look down and see how much I love her’, he said at the time.  

Mr Hall lifted each roof tile of the Riverside Drive home and painted it one of four colours before he replaced it.

Mr Hall lifted each roof tile of the Riverside Drive home and painted it one of four colours before he replaced it 

Mr Hall lifted each roof tile of the Riverside Drive home and painted it one of four colours before he replaced it 

On the anniversary of her death, October 18, he would have a poem placed in the memoriam column of The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader (pictured) 

On the anniversary of her death, October 18, he would have a poem placed in the memoriam column of The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader (pictured) 

The couple married in 1942 and first lived in the side verandah in Berta's family home 

The couple married in 1942 and first lived in the side verandah in Berta’s family home 

Mr and Mrs Hall met as children, married in 1942 and first lived in the side verandah of Berta’s family home.

The couple bought the home 16 years before the Kogarah woman died and after she had a double kidney transplant. 

‘Berta had 16 years enjoying life here, looking out over the water,’ Mr Hall said, according to the publication.

There was a sign outside the home that was knocked down because of wind that read ‘our Berta’s corner’.

On the anniversary of her death, October 18, he would have a poem placed in the memoriam column of The St George and Sutherland Shire Leader.  

The four-bedroom home, which has stellar bay views, has two bathrooms, a separate living and dining room, and is located across from the beach.

Since Mr Hall's death last year the property has been under the care of the New South Wales Trustee & Guardian, who listed the property yesterday 

Since Mr Hall’s death last year the property has been under the care of the New South Wales Trustee & Guardian, who listed the property yesterday 

The home, with two bathrooms, is across from the beach and has a separate living and dining room 

The home, with two bathrooms, is across from the beach and has a separate living and dining room 

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