Built in 1836, the Twelve Oaks mansion in Covington, hit the auction block this week.

This distinctly Southern property was chosen by author Margaret Mitchell as the model for Twelve Oaks in the 1939 movie version of "Gone with the Wind." 

A private home early on, it more recently served as an award-winning bed and breakfast, event venue, tourist destination, and a stunning backdrop for over 15 movies. It completed a $2 million renovation in 2017.

With more than 10,000 square feet, this 12-bedroom, 12½-bath also offers a grand dining room, formal parlor, informal dining and living spaces, and chef's dream kitchen. Other features include hardwood floors, period lighting, 11-foot ceilings, and 12 fireplaces modernized with remote controls.

Operating permits for a B&B, an event venue, and a historic tourist site are already in place, and the property receives movie and TV contracts each year.

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