Go Inside Oprah Winfrey's $600,000 Garage Sale
The legendary talk show host, who’s worth about $3 billion big ones, had her very own version of a yard sale.
Only this was no ordinary nickel and dime giveaway.
On Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif., Forbes' "Most Powerful Celebrity" presided over an exclusive auction of some of her most prized possessions -- 567 items to be exact -- that she’s collected over the years and housed in her mansions in Hawaii, Indiana and California.
And the takeaway totaled $600,000 for pieces from her impressive art and furniture collections. But it’s not going back in the star’s coffers. All proceeds from the sale benefited Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
"I've been accumulating things since 1985," the 59-year-old told Entertainment Tonight. "It's just too much stuff.
"I'm trying not to be attached to things," added Winfrey, who preaches the benefits of de-cluttering in her O magazine. "But it's hard."
Here are just a few treasures that fetched a hefty price:
- $60,000 for a set of six 18th-century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details (which were originally estimated to take in only $40K.)
- $13,000 for an M. Burroughs painting entitled, "Cubist Women," inscribed "To Miss Oprah Winfrey Herself.”
- $8,500 for an 18th Century Swedish tall clock.
- $5,000 for a mahogany French Art Deco style bar.
- $2,400 for a plaid George Smith upholstered sofa.
- $2,100 for a French Empire style chaise lounge with gold leaf melon shaped feet.
- $1,300 for a portrait of Winfrey with her beloved dogs.
- $76 for a Dean R. Larson "Beah Richards," silver gelatin print.
Take a look at more of Oprah's treasures from her "epic yard sale" in the CB! gallery above.