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This story of one family's enterprising efforts to make a profit on Madonna's childhood home is a great lesson in the volatility of real estate. …

When the Andres family saw that the Ciccone family's home was going up for sale back in September of 2001, they recognized an opportunity to make a few bucks. After purchasing the house and putting it up for auction on ebay (then still in its infancy), they watched as the bids started to top one million dollars. With appearances on local and national news shows, they were sure they were going to clean up with the sale of the house. And then ... well, we don't want to ruin the ending for you. Check out the video below:

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