When Oprah Winfrey tweeted she was having the “biggest yard sale ever!” on Oct. 9, the Internet went into overdrive regarding the opportunity to own items that once belonged to the media mogul.
That tantalizing tweet was accompanied by a release from Kaminski – the auction house hosting the event – saying that “antiques, contemporary furnishings, and fine art” from the TV star’s homes in Indiana, Hawaii, Chicago, Santa Barbara and her “La Quinta” estate would be going under the hammer on Nov. 2 at the Santa Barbara polo and Racquet Club.
But prospective bidders were left hanging for actual information on what would be available.
That all changed Friday when the full catalogue of what will be up for grabs was posted on the Kaminski website.
And buyers hoping to nab something once owned by Oprah can take heart: there’s items to suit budgets both big and small. More than 300 items, including furniture, artwork, rugs, autographed prints, throw pillows, picture frames, chandeliers and assorted tchotchkes, are listed with price estimates ranging from $100 to over $50,000.
At the upper end of the spectrum is a set of six 18th century Louis XVI A La Reine, Jean Baptise Lelarge chairs with hand embroidered yellow upholstery (est: $20,000-$40,000). Those chairs would look great around that 19th century English breakfast table in burlwood veneer with satin wood and ebony inlaid border (est: $4,000-$6,000).
Too fancy for your design scheme? How about a simple white ottoman upholstered in white terry cloth with painted wood legs (est: $100-$200)? Perhaps a steamer trunk by luxury Italian leathergoods label Bottega Veneta in black leather with brass hardware (est: $1,000-2,000) may be more to your taste.
A Jumeau Doll (below) with the marking “Tete Jumeau” on back of her neck can be yours to cherish for an estimated $5,000-$8,000. Or if you prefer your toys to be a little racier, why not bid on one of three neon-hued Jetson Electric Bikes featuring Winfrey’s autograph (est: $1,000-$2,000).
Looking for something that comes with a little more obvious Oprah cache? An enlarged cover of the October 1988 issue of Vogue magazine featuring Winfrey and signed by the subject can be yours for an estimated $1,000-$2,000.
Winfrey’s celluloid history is also on the block with movie fans having the chance to bid on one of two original unframed canvas banners for “The Color Purple.” Autographed by Winfrey, Kaminski is estimating they will sell for between $1,000-$2,000.
The sale is being held in order to accommodate an interior rehaul of Winfrey’s 23,000-square-foot Santa Barbara estate, with the proceeds going to her leadership academy for girls in South Africa.
Those wishing to take a look at what were once some of Oprah’s favorite things can make their way to Santa Barbara for the free preview being held Wednesday Oct. 30 through Friday Nov. 1.
Pre-registration is required for bidders wishing to attend the auction on Nov. 2, while Oprah fans from around the globe have the option to place their bids online.
(Photo courtesy Kaminski Auctions)
I’m having the biggest yard sale ever! http://t.co/zKlFNSPn5n
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) October 9, 2013