• Tex and Diane McIver's 85-acre ranch set to hit auction block

    By: Richard Elliot


    PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. - Almost two years ago, prominent Atlanta attorney Tex McIver, his wife, Diane McIver, and their friend drove out of the monogrammed gates at an Eatonton ranch, headed back to Atlanta.

    PHOTOS: Items up for sale at McIver ranch auction

    Diane McIver never made it home, and her husband was convicted in her murder earlier this year.

    [READ MORE: Tex McIver sentenced to life in prison]

    Tex and Diane McIver’s home sits on 85 acres of rolling pastures and woods.

    It includes expensive jewelry, mounted animals and replica guns. It also has a pool and a separate guest house and saloon Tex McIver called Nodding Down.

    Now, all of it is going on the auction block.

    Channel 2's Richard Elliot visited the property Wednesday.

    Robert Ahlers with Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery carefully laid out Diane McIver's jewelry so potential buyers can take a good look at it.


    Ahlers said everything, including Diane's wedding dress, which is hanging in the closet, was left just the way it was the last day Tex McIver was there.

    "You know, they haven't been out here to move things or take things or tidy things, so it's pretty much as it was from day one," Ahlers said.

    In September 2016, Tex McIver shot his wife through the passenger seat of their SUV. He claimed it was a terrible accident, but a jury convicted him of murder and a judge sentenced him to life in prison. 

    The McIvers owned a lot of memorabilia, all of which is now up for sale. Items include spurs, decorative guns, art, golf clubs and books autographed by Oliver North and Ben Carson.           

    Ahlers said the notoriety of the case has already spurred a lot of interest.    

    "I think people will come either to purchase something from the sale or to see the home and the property, but I think the notoriety will definitely give it more exposure to the people," he said.  

    The person handling the property auction said proceeds could top $1 million. 

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