Hunger Games village up for auction
May 23 , 2012
The North Carolina town that became District 12 in the blockbuster film The Hunger Games goes up for auction in July for $1.2 million, according to the Profiles in Hollywood auction house.
In reality, the rundown, coal-mining hometown of heroine Katniss Everdeen is a 1920s abandoned textile mill called Henry River Mill Village spanning 72-acres in Hildebran, North Carolina.
Its current owner, 83-year-old Wade Shepherd, is selling it after fans overwhelmed him with visits to the property.
The Hunger Games, based on the first book of a science-fiction trilogy from author Suzanne Collins, sees 24 children sent to fight to the death in an annual televised event in the dictatorial nation of Panem, where Katniss becomes a sign of hope for the oppressed.
The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, and has smashed box office records since its release in March.