The Father of the Bride House is Up For Sale

At the beginning of 1991’s Father of the Bride, George Banks’s (played by Steve Martin) picture-perfect home at 24 Maple Drive in San Marino, California serves as an emblem of his picture-perfect life. Then, it becomes the setting for the stress, anguish, bittersweet moments, and ultimately blissful denouement surrounding the titular bride’s nuptials. (Not to mention everything that goes down in Father of the Bride Part II.) Now, all that silver screen history can be yours.

The house, which is actually at 500 N Almansor Street in Alhambra, California, just went on the market for a cool $1,998,000. It’s a 1925 colonial, with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and nearly 4440 square feet, along with a new gourmet kitchen, custom cabinetry, a 600-square-foot detached room with a full bath, and a whole lot more.

Sharp FOTB fanatics out there might have noticed that the exterior looks a little different from when the Banks pretend-lived there. That’s because this was actually one of two homes used in filming. The cinematic exterior actually belongs to a different house in Pasadena, while this one was used for backyard wedding scenes (there’s 18,110 square feet of property in all) and that infamous father-daughter basketball game.

You can get more details on the sale from Zillow, and for what it’s worth, Annie Banks herself (actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley) seems invested in the fate of her former faux home.

[h/t ABC News]

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By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Purchased for $10, Could Be Worth Millions
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Several years ago, Randy Guijarro paid $2 for a few old photographs he found in an antiques shop in Fresno, California. In 2015, it was determined that one of those photos—said to be the second verified picture ever found of Billy the Kid—could fetch the lucky thrifter as much as $5 million. That story now sounds familiar to Frank Abrams, a lawyer from North Carolina who purchased his own photo of the legendary outlaw at a flea market in 2011. It turns out that the tintype, which he paid $10 for, is thought to be an image of Billy and Pat Garrett (the sheriff who would eventually kill him) taken in 1880. Like Guijarro’s find, experts say Abrams’s photo could be worth millions.

The discovery is as much a surprise to Abrams as anyone. As The New York Times reports, what drew Abrams to the photo was the fact that it was a tintype, a metal photographic image that was popular in the Wild West. Abrams didn’t recognize any of the men in the image, but he liked it and hung it on a wall in his home, which is where it was when an Airbnb guest joked that it might be a photo of Jesse James. He wasn’t too far off.

Using Google as his main research tool, Abrams attempted to find out if there was any famous face in that photo, and quickly realized that it was Pat Garrett. According to The New York Times:

Then, Mr. Abrams began to wonder about the man in the back with the prominent Adam’s apple. He eventually showed the tintype to Robert Stahl, a retired professor at Arizona State University and an expert on Billy the Kid.

Mr. Stahl encouraged Mr. Abrams to show the image to experts.

William Dunniway, a tintype expert, said the photograph was almost certainly taken between 1875 and 1880. “Everything matches: the plate, the clothing, the firearm,” he said in a phone interview. Mr. Dunniway worked with a forensics expert, Kent Gibson, to conclude that Billy the Kid and Mr. Garrett were indeed pictured.

Abrams, who is a criminal defense lawyer, described the process of investigating the history of the photo as akin to “taking on the biggest case you could ever imagine.” And while he’s thrilled that his epic flea market find could produce a major monetary windfall, don’t expect to see the image hitting the auction block any time soon. 

"Other people, they want to speculate from here to kingdom come,” Abrams told The New York Times of how much the photo, which he has not yet had valuated, might be worth. “I don’t know what it’s worth. I love history. It’s a privilege to have something like this.”

[h/t: The New York Times]

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