Iconic Skipping Girl building for sale


It was originally erected in 1936 above a vinegar factory at 627 Victoria Street and remained there until 1968 before being removed when the factory relocated to Altona.

After a public outcry about its disappearance, the sign was copied and reinstated on the roof of 651 Victoria Street a short distance from its original location.

The new Skipping Girl varied a little from the original, “being slightly smaller, the girl having slightly longer hair and with her dress flying up higher at the back,” according to Heritage Victoria.

The property under the Skipping Girl, a four-level office complex with 3677 square metres of leasing space, is owned by multiple strata title holders who have banded together to sell it in one lot.

The complex is expected to fetch above $20 million.

The transaction is being handled by boutique funds manager Vantage Property Investments. It also owns strata title units in the complex.

Agents appointed include CBRE’s Josh Rutman, Scott Orchard and Lewis Tong and Colliers International’s Peter Bremner, Rob Joyes and Rachael Clohesy.

“This is a truly unique opportunity to own an iconic part of Melbourne’s historic fabric,” Mr Rutman said.

“We expect wide-ranging interest in Skipping Girl Place, given Little Audrey’s iconic status, and the location and potential of the site.”

Richmond’s industrial past – it was once popularly known as Struggletown – has resulted in it having the greatest concentration of surviving sky-signs in the state.

They include the Nylex, Victoria Bitter, Slade Knitwear and Pelaco signs.

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