Oprah is selling her "stuff" at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on Saturday, April 25. It's bittersweet to know she's severing all ties to the Windy City but, on a bright note, the proceeds of this sale will benefit The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Oprah, always philanthropic even when she's selling her stuff-- over 500 lots that will include English, French and Continental furniture and decorative arts, paintings, prints, drawings, porcelain, crystal, silver, memorabilia, clothing, accessories and more!
Oprah fans will be out in force to see the preview that begins on Thursday, April 16 and runs through Friday, April 24 (the day before the auction). I bet some of them have no intention of buying, but are just "nosy-parkers" who want to take a peek inside her finely turned out closet/home.
As I perused the auction catalog, it struck me that it was mostly modern, comfortable furnishings--I would've expected Louis IV all the way baby, but Oprah seemed more interested in comfort than style.
I also noted her penchant for fine, and I mean FINE, writing utensils. There are nearly 40 pens ranging from silver-encrusted antique ones to Cartier, Versace and an exquisite Michel Perchin gilded one estimated at $1K-$2K. There's even a pen display case, of course, estimated at $100-$200. I especially love the one with her name on it--this would make a wonderful piece of Oprah memorabilia for one lucky bidder.
Oprah was also a fan of a finely turned out dining table as witnessed by over 200 plates offered in the sale. Collections include pieces from Swansea, Derby, Limoges and Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica that range in price from $1500 to $40,000! And NONE of these are dishwasher safe! LOL!
Her decor included Biedermeier furniture (mirrors, game tables, dumbwaiters, armchairs and tables) with items estimated from $2K to $4K, but we know these prices will be shooting skyward as soon as the serious bidders jump in. Who knows, we might have another Jackie-O auction on our hands!
I also saw a LOT of exercise equipment for sale: free weights, an elliptical machine, a step machine, an abdominal board and two bicycles. Who knew?
There's an awesome makeup chair that looks like something out of Star Wars with all the bells and whistles estimated at $8-$1200. And, of course, what would a chair be without an accompanying makeup cart? ($500-$700)
And then, the wardrobe! Oprah seems to be a fan of designers like Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Yves St. Laurent and Donna Karan. Her sizes range from 40 to 46. I feel her pain. Her Louboutins are size 41 (10 1/2), in case you wanted to know.
For music lovers, there's even a Swiss music box (estimated at $800-$1200) and a violin (?!) estimated at $100-$200.
I wish her the best but will most certainly miss having her here with us in Chicago! Happy Bidding Everyone!
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