This Bud’s for you: House lined with beer cans triggers bidding war

Florida man spent 16 years covering Lake Worth condo with Budweiser empties


A modest condominium in Lake Worth, Florida, ended up in a bidding war after hitting the market in August. While the neighborhood and the property itself may have attracted some bidders, more people were likely lured in by its one-of-a-kind décor — and the promise of a lifetime supply of Budweiser.

Its owner, Michael Amelotte, spent 16 years covering the 815-square-foot condo with thousands of Budweiser cans before his death earlier this year. Potential buyers clearly appreciated his handiwork: The two-bedroom unit went into contract above its $100,000 asking price earlier this month, according to the New York Post.

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Budweiser’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch, caught wind of the listing and offered to perpetually stock the fridge with cold Bud, as long as the new owner doesn’t do away with the beery interior. (And if you’re wondering — the property’s real estate agent said it doesn’t smell like a barroom floor.)

Amelotte, who hailed from Buffalo, New York, bought the Lake Worth condo in 1986 and started affixing cans to the walls a few years later. No element in the home went unnoticed: He also covered crown molding, electrical outlets, and air-conditioner vents. He finished the entire interior by 2006.

“Every can of beer on that wall was drunk in that house,” said Kris Johnson, a friend of Amelotte’s. “He did not go through any Dumpster, because whenever somebody came over, they brought a case of beer. He was a super guy.” [NYP] — Dennis Lynch