Steel Magnolias house on the auction block: It’s been a bang-up week for celebrity homes news! Here’s the latest: The Cook-Taylor House in Natchitoches, Louisiana — made famous in the film “Steel Magnolias” — will be auctioned Oct. 26 to the highest bidder! The film starred Sally Fields and Julia Roberts as the doomed Shelby Eatenton.
The house was one of two used in the film as the Eatenton residence in “Steel Magnolias.”
The house was built in 1840 by Italian architects Trizini and Soldini and was purchased as a business by Louis Dupleix in what early Natchitoches historian J.H. Cosgrove referred to as a great business spot. During the Civil War, the home was used for a hospital and it is rumored to have played a part in the Underground Railroad.
The home has about 5,900 square feet of living space, six bedrooms, (including this pink one, so Shelby!) Here’s the perfect line for this room, when M’Lynn (Sally Fields) says to her daughter: ” That sanctuary looks like it’s been hosed down with Pepto-Bismol.” There are six bathrooms and an 800-square-foot guesthouse. Other features include circular brick columns along the facade of the home, the original wood floors and a grand staircase.
The auction will be held at 10 a.m. on site at 320 Jefferson St. in Natchitoches. It also will feature antiques, high-end furnishings, movie memorabilia and other items. For auction and inventory details, photos and terms and conditions, visit www.BonnetteAuctions .com.