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(1980–2001)

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Under standard episode rules, the highest score reached on the Australian version of Sale of the Century was $200 by David Poltorak in episode 1443. He also answered the most questions correctly in the same episode - 35 out of 55. He would end up as one of the show's question writers some years later.
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In 1995, two pilot episodes of a French version of the show were taped in Australia with a French host, hostess, audience and contestants. The show went well, despite the fact that the host snapped his Achilles tendon prior to recording.
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The cash jackpot system (which started at $50,000 and increased by $2,000 each night until won) was introduced in 1982.
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Robert Kusmierski set a world record in 1992 for the biggest amount of cash and prizes won on a game show - $AU676,790 (including a $508,000 jackpot, the highest reached on any version of the show).
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Ron Neate was the show's voice-over man for the first ten episodes. Pete Smith later took over as the voice-over man and remained with the show until the end.
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In 1996, as Australian television celebrated its 40th anniversary, a "40 Years of Television" celebrity series was aired. On one episode, Pete Smith appeared as a contestant and also did the announcing. He won this episode against international guest 'Gary Coleman'. In the finals of the series, Coleman did the announcing.
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In episode #376, one contestant answered only one question correctly all night and still won.
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The only contestant to have answered all the round one questions correctly is Leesa Selke, who would go on to become the youngest female contestant to win the lot (at the age of 17) in 1987.
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During the show's run, almost AUD$60.7 million of cash and prizes were given away to contestants. This included over AUD$16 million in cash, and over AUD$44 million in prizes.
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Number of times a contestant has won cars on the first night: 13.
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Lowest winning score: $20 in episode 30.
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Number of questions answered correctly and consecutively: Virginia Noel in episode #851 - 14 out of 14.
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Youngest person to win the lot was 16-year-old Andrew Werbik in episode 1493.
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