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'The Brady Bunch' House Is Sold, Mystery Buyer Who Outbid Lance Bass Is Revealed

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After only a short time on the market, The Brady Bunch home has just been sold.

On August 3, former NSYNC member Lance Bass announced his offer to purchase the iconic property had been accepted, only to find out a day after the deadline that a large corporation had swooped in and outbid him.

The Finding Prince Charming host took to Instagram to share his heartache over his failed bid, and fear over the house's fate.

Marcia Marcia Marcia! Im feeling heartbroken today. As many of you may have heard, we placed the winning bid on the iconic Brady Bunch house—at least that’s what we were told. The agent representing the estate informed us we made the winning bid (which was WAY over the asking price) after the final deadline for all offers had passed—even writing up the “winning bid” for my team after informing me of the good news. Isn’t a deadline a deadline? This was a dream come true for me and I spent the night celebrating amongst friends, family, and fans alike. The next day, due to “unforeseen circumstances” the same agent informed us that there’s another Corporate Buyer (Hollywood studio) who wants the house at any cost. We were prepared to go even higher but totally discouraged by the sellers agent, they will outperform any bid with unlimited resources. How is this fair or legal?? How can I compete with a billion dollar corporate entity? I truly believe I was used to drive up the price of the home knowing very well that this corporation intended on making their offer and it’s not a good feeling. I feel used but most importantly I’m hurt and saddened by this highly questionable outcome. I just hope it is not demolished. Thanks for all the love and support. #CrushedDream #ShadyAF #DouglasElliman #ShadyBrady To make me happier you can register and vote November 6th!

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"Marcia Marcia Marcia!" Bass wrote. "Im [sic] feeling heartbroken today. As many of you may have heard, we placed the winning bid on the iconic Brady Bunch house—at least that’s what we were told."

"The agent representing the estate informed us we made the winning bid (which was WAY over the asking price) after the final deadline for all offers had passed—even writing up the 'winning bid' for my team after informing me of the good news."

"Isn’t a deadline a deadline? This was a dream come true for me and I spent the night celebrating amongst friends, family, and fans alike. The next day, due to 'unforeseen circumstances' the same agent informed us that there’s another Corporate Buyer (Hollywood studio) who wants the house at any cost."

"We were prepared to go even higher but totally discouraged by the sellers agent, they will outperform any bid with unlimited resources."

"How is this fair or legal?? How can I compete with a billion dollar corporate entity? I truly believe I was used to drive up the price of the home knowing very well that this corporation intended on making their offer and it’s not a good feeling."

"I feel used but most importantly I’m hurt and saddened by this highly questionable outcome. I just hope it is not demolished. Thanks for all the love and support."

However, on August 7 it was revealed that HGTV was the mystery buyer of The Brady Bunch's home.

According to PEOPLE, Discovery Inc. CEO David Zaslav said in a conference call: "I am excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and will restore the Brady Bunch home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can."

"More details to come over the next few months, but we will bring all the resources to bear to tell safe, fun stories with this beloved piece of American TV history," he continued.

The traditional style split house is based in the Colfax Meadows neighborhood in Studio City, California, and was shown in the series' interludes and opening and closing scenes. The property is reportedly the second most photographed home in the United States, only beaten out by the White House.

But when Bass heard of his winning competitor, he immediately switched his tune, and praised the home improvement network for purchasing the house and promise to maintaining its integrity.

"HGTV??! Aw man. I’d be pretty upset if it were anyone else, but how can you be mad at HGTV?? My television is stuck on that channel," Bass tweeted.

"Kudos HGTV, I know you will do the right thing with the house. That was always my biggest worry. I can smile again."

HGTV was quick to respond to the tweet, and even offered to have Bass involved in restoring the house to its 1970s form, which will eventually be used for a new TV show.

"Aww, thanks @LanceBass. Consider yourself officially part of the HGTV bunch! Yours truly, HGTV (aka The Lance Bass Fan Club)," they responded.

The Hollywood Reporter stated that although it revealed how much money they spent on the 2,500 square-foot home, it was originally listed for $1.88 million.

We can't wait to see what the channel does with the property, but what about you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

[H/T: PEOPLE, TMZ]

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