Oprah Winfrey’s “Biggest Yard Sale Ever” Auction Nets More Than $600,000 for Charity

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Looks like Oprah Winfrey‘s “biggest yard sale ever,” which was held on Saturday, Nov. 2, was a huge success for both the fans and the media mogul.  The OWN founder’s auction, dubbed “The Oprah Winfrey Collection” and featuring hundreds of her personal items, netted more than $600,000, according to the Los Angeles Times.  The sale, which was held at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, included “antiques, contemporary furnishings, and fine art” from the TV star’s homes in Indiana, Hawaii, Chicago, Santa Barbara and her “La Quinta” estate. Kaminski Auctions ran the event. A few items from her trainer and longtime pal Bob Greene were also put up for auction.

“Had so much fun at the auction which is still going on,” Lee Daniels’ The Butler actress tweeted on Saturday. Oprah’s BFF, Gayle Kingshared a photo on her Instagram account, which shows Oprah holding one of her adorable dogs and prepping for the big day.  “Auction day for @oprah getting ready,” King captioned the snapshot.

The biggest selling item(s)? Six 18th century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details sold for $60,000, reported by the Times. Certain objects and things exceeded price expectations, like a teapot that sold for $1,000 but was worth less than $100.  Sounds like her many admirers just wanted to get a piece of the icon.

Here are a some highlights and their final pricetags:

-a 16-by-20-inch print of a TV Guide cover photo of Oprah, which was expected to make $200 to $400, sold for $3,000

-crystal lamp bases, without the shades, which were expected to make $200 to $400, sold for $2,500

-a dog portrait, described as “folk art,” sold for three times its value at $1,400

-two 13-foot-long sofas, “upholstered in crushed velvet with roped fringe,” were purchased by an anonymous online buyer for $8,750

A final tally from the day will be revealed on Monday.

article by Jordana Ossad via eonline.com

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