Oprah Winfrey to auction off antiques, art, more items from her home
Want to own a few of Oprah’s favorite things? Next month, Winfrey will auction off furniture, antiques, and fine art from her 23,000-square-foot Montecito mansion — which is currently undergoing a major interior redesign — and her homes in Chicago, Maui, and Indiana.
Among the items from The Oprah Winfrey Collection that will go on the block: a collection of English George Smith upholstered furniture, an 18th century Louis XVI chest with an estimated value of between $30,000 and $50,000, and a set of embroidered yellow silk Louis XV armchairs worth between $20,000 and $40,000. Kaminski Auctions will host the event on November 2 at the Santa Barbara Polo Club and Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California. Though free general admission is available, a $100 VIP package guarantees you a reserved seat, a ticket to preview the items, and a catalog containing photos of the lots.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund, which is dedicated to helping female graduates from the media mogul’s South African school attend college.
This isn’t the first time Winfrey has put her hand-me-downs up for sale.
In March 2010, she held “Oprah’s Great Closet Cleanout,” selling off more than 150 personal items — including shoes from Yves Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren — on eBay.
Winfrey says the upcoming auction is her way of cleaning house. “I am evolving [and] my taste is too,” she recently told O magazine of plans to give her $85 million, 42-acre Montecito mansion a makeover. “The gilded mirrors, marble urns, the lavish carpets and sherbet palette – it was all very grand, but it wasn’t very true to myself.” Items from Winfrey’s other homes in Chicago, Maui and Indiana will also be up for grabs.
A complete inventory list with photos of the items included in the sale will be posted at kaminskiauctions.com on October 18.