The classic film “Gone With the Wind” is now 80 years old. While nearly every person involved has since succumbed to mortality, memorabilia from the film set remain in demand.
The door and casement of the Tara plantation, which has been loaned to the Margaret Mitchell House property for the past two decades, is going to be auctioned off to the highest bidder next month by Los Angeles auction house Profiles in History.
The Talmadge family owns the door. Betty Talmadge, wife of the late Sen. and Gov. Herman Talmadge, purchased the door for $5,000 in 1979 and spent $8,000 to restore it in 1989. She died in 2005.
The starting bid for the door will be $40,000 in an online auction, said Brian Chanes, head of client and consignor relations for Profiles in History and an employee since 1991.
The Margaret Mitchell House is preparing to relinquish it.
“We would like to keep the Tara doorway, but...
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