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Photo gallery: Contents of Plant City's iconic Red Rose Inn to be auctioned

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Once, visiting Plant City's Red Rose Inn & Suites was like walking into a scene from Gone With the Wind.

The ballroom, restaurant and lounge captured the Civil War era backdrop of a tale told through book and film. And while most of the 261 rooms had typical modern designs, 28 VIP suites adopted Gone With the Wind's graceful Victorian motif.

Some were named for Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes and Scarlett O'Hara and adorned with artwork depicting the characters.

The inn has been closed for four years, but bidders can snatch up the furnishings at auction on a rescheduled date. On Tuesday, August 2, Harris Auctions, Inc. announced a postponement of the auction, posting on their web site, "The enormous task of renovating this 261 room hotel at the same time trying to conduct an auction liquidation, forced the cancellation of the auction at this time. Call (813) 784-3926 if you have any questions and we will post the rescheduled date as soon as it is determined."

UPDATE: This story has been edited to reflect a change in the auction's date.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:21pm]

    

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