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See inside the largest estate in Alabama

By Isabel schwab | October 16, 2015 10:00AM

When Rhett Butler tells Scarlett O’Hara that he’ll build her as grand a house as she wants, she giggles in delight, saying, “I want everybody who’s been mean to me to be pea-green with envy!”

Well this house would suit her nicely. The largest estate in Alabama, the home is now for sale through DeCaro Luxury Auctions — and there’s no reserve price, which means you might actually get a pretty good deal on it (if you aren’t sniped). The auction happens on October 31st.

Inspired by “all the old-world styles” (because why choose just one? This is America!), the home is a mind-blowing 60,000 square feet and sits on on 27 acres; it features 15 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms (plus six half bathrooms); a nine-car garage; a pool with dual cabanas; a riding arena and barn, which has a full kitchen in case the horses get hungry; a caretaker’s house; a 25-seat theater; and, the pièce de résistance, the driveway is shaped like a guitar.

The home was not built by a rock star, but actually by the former CEO of the healthcare strategy firm, Med Partners, Larry House, who had to auction it off in 2003.

For some reason, he is in the video about the property, proudly talking about how he spent $30 million building the house in 1997, including $400,000 on drapes and another $400,000 on rugs. “You have to complete the picture.” House says as way of explanation. Because no house is complete without some gold-leaf and a hand-painted ceiling.