Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's household goods went under the hammer at the Polokwane sheriff’s offices on Friday.
A number of items including his piano, dinner set, television set and fridges were sold to members of the public during an auction.
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is trying to recoup money Malema owes for tax.
In what was said to be an unusually packed auction, Malema's goods were sold from between R10 and R9500.
Norman Motaung, who spent more than R20 000, said his only complaint was that prices were driven up by the number of people who attended the auction.
"In terms of the crowd that came today, there were too many people which is very rare."
Motaung bought the most expensive item on the floor – a Euro Grand piano for R9500.
Today's auction was the first by the state as Sars tried to recoup the R16-million Malema owes in taxes.