Buy Tara From "Gone With The Wind"



If you are a lover of the classic film Gone With The Wind, now is your chance to own a piece of it, as "TARA" is up for sale.


Can you imagine owning a piece of Hollywood History as grand as a piece of "Tara" from one of the most celebrated movies in history?  Well, now you can.


On June 27, 2019 auction house Profiles in History is putting up for bid pieces from Scarlett O'Hara's beloved "Tara."


Of all movie sets in the history of Hollywood, “Tara,” from which heroine “Scarlett O’Hara” got her strength in Gone With the Wind, is without peer. The O’Hara plantation in Clayton County, Georgia was the film’s most potent symbol. 



The site for the construction of the “Tara” set was Selznick International Studios’ “Forty Acres” production lot in Culver City, California. In typical Hollywood fashion, “Tara” had no rooms inside, it was a facade showing the completed front and right sides of the main house, parts of the left side, three sides of the kitchen and all sides of the connecting breezeway. Only part of the interior entrance hall was created behind the facade; the interior scenes were shot in separate sound stages located elsewhere on the lot. 



Following the conclusion of filming, the “Tara” set remained standing for 20 years until Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Desilu Productions, then owner of the lot, had it dismantled in the spring of 1959.



The most durable portions were salvaged, including windows, shutters, doors, porch posts and railings, cornice, and other elements. “Tara” was removed at no expense to the studio by Southern Attractions, Inc., presided by Julian M. Foster, an Atlanta-based real estate developer who had envisioned the set to be reconstructed on 300 acres of forested land in Northern Georgia, recreating the Hollywood “Tara” plantation in its entirety. Foster’s vision never came to fruition due to complications arising from copyright protections by the Margaret Mitchell family.  



The “Tara” facade remained in storage until 1979 when the late Mrs. Betty Talmadge, wife of U.S. Senator and Governor of Georgia, Herman Talmadge, rescued it with the intent of restoring it to its former glory. 
In 1989, the Atlanta History Center mounted a major exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the film’s release. For this event, Mrs. Talmadge had the original grand entrance of “Tara” restored and it became the centerpiece of the exhibit. 



In 1998 the doorway was relocated and placed on exhibit at the Margaret Mitchell House Museum where it currently resides. The remainder of “Tara” has been housed in a dairy barn on the Talmadge’s Lovejoy Plantation since 1979. 




What is remaining of the historic “Tara” facade is being sold in two lots. One contains columns, shutters, and window frame elements, while the other features "Tara's" fully restored grand entrance.  Both are expected to get somewhere between $40,000 to $60,000.


Of course one of Hollywood's biggest misunderstanding is that the mansion house in front of Culver Studios was actually "Tara." It was NOT.


The reason so many people believe it was "Tara" was fueled by miscommunication.  Yes technically the building was "in" Gone With The Wind, but it was used in the credits only as part of Selznick's logo.


The walkway, however, WAS used, but only as a pathway to a painting of a mansion that stood in front of the building.


Now if that wasn't ENOUGH, Julien's Auctions just sold one of Scarlett's actual beds from the film this past week.


The antique bedframe is an 1860's French Louis XVI type two-piece set made of carved giltwood and covered with hand-embroidered Chinese silk panels.


This bed was used in Scarlett's Atlanta bedroom, and according to the last owner, was loaned to David O. Selznick for use in the film by a prominent southern California family and then asked to be returned.


This exquisite piece of Hollywood History sold for $51,200.00.


It is amazing that a film props and facades from 1939 still exist to this day and that someone will buy them and own them and have these pieces to pass down to generation to generation.  We soooo ❤️ that.  Hope someone who hearts Hollywood as much as you do buys it. See you at the auction...if you give a damm.  xoxo
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