Massive 'Cluckingham Palace' built for $15 million by the cofounder of a chicken empire is being auctioned off to the highest bidder two years after his death
- "Cluckingham Palace," a sprawling Texas mansion, was built in 1992 by architect Richard Drummond Davis for "Bo" Pilgrim, cofounder of the poultry empire Pilgrim's Pride, according to Robb Report.
- The 18,327-square-foot property spans 43 acres and has six bedrooms with 10 full bathrooms.
- Originally built for about $15 million, the property is set to be auctioned off between October 15 and October 18; it's also listed with local realtors for $8.95 million.
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Pilgrim cofounded Pilgrim's Pride, which used to be one of the largest suppliers of poultry products in the world, with his brother Aubrey in 1946, growing it from a small feed store in Pittsburg and turning it into a global powerhouse after Aubrey's 1966 death. Eventually, the company became a supplier for major brands like Walmart, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Wendy's.Read more: Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is selling his California estate for nearly $52 million. Here's a look inside the property, complete with a sprawling mansion, a 2-story guest house, and its own putting green.
After amassing his fortune in the chicken business, Pilgrim commissioned architect Richard Drummond Davis to build a "French Renaissance dream" palace with ornate gold leaf and marble decor, according to Robb Report; it cost about $15 million to build at the time.
But now, two years after Pilgrim's 2017 death, his son is auctioning off his father's dream home through Concierge Auctions. According to the company's listing, the online sale will run from October 15 through October 18. Local agents are also currently listing the property for $8.95 million.
Here's a look inside the six-bedroom, 10-bathroom estate known to locals as "Cluckingham Palace."