The grand mansion that inspired the plantation home in Gone with the Wind is up for auction with an opening bid of $US1 million.
The stunning Antebellum home in Covington, Georgia, perfectly captures the Civil War-era Deep South and was exactly the type of imposing abode author Margaret Mitchell envisioned while writing the classic bestseller in 1936.
When Selznick International Pictures snapped up the film rights to the book, Mitchell showed no interest in the production apart from one thing: the vision for the main house, Twelve Oaks.
Stumbling across a photograph of an 1836 plantation-style house in the Atlanta Journal, Mitchell cut it out and sent it to the film producers as a reference.
Unlike Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable in the 1939 film adaptation, it seems Mitchell did give a damn.
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The stately home is located only three blocks from Covington’s town square. A quintessential historic southern town, it’s known as ‘Hollywood of the South’, with 125 films and television shows filmed there, to date.
The property’s current owners bought the rundown house and spent $US2 million renovating it in 2017. The 12-bedroom, 13-bathroom mansion is now kitted out with mod-cons, yet definitely hasn’t lost its beguiling southern charm.
With beautiful hardwood floors and French chandeliers throughout, plus soaring 11-foot ceilings, 12 grand fireplaces, and two elegant bath tubs costing over $US14,000 each, the house certainly looks and feels suitably grandiose.
The home has been a popular bed-and-breakfast and event venue in recent year.
The property is listed by Dewey Jacobs of Target Auction and Land Company.