Call it fall cleaning or a mega act of generosity, either way, Oprah's upcoming estate sale will be a stroke of good fortune for the fans and furniture aficionados who can afford a piece of the media mogul's soon-to-be-sold-off home and personal effects.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, several items from Oprah's 23,000-square-foot Montecito, California mansion will hit the auction block next month, including $4,000 to $7,000 hand-wrought iron panels that adorned the home’s main staircase, a collection of English George Smith upholstered furniture valued at $3,000 to $4,000, and a coveted Louis XVI chest stamped by the maker “Boudin,” which is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $50,000.
And while proceeds from the auction (benefiting The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund) offer further insight into Oprah's benevolent spirit, the wares themselves won't tell their new owners quite as much.
In an interview in O, The Oprah Magazine earlier this year, Oprah revealed that her "evolving" taste is the reason for her home renovation. "The gilded mirrors, marble urns, the lavish carpets and sherbet palette –- it was all very grand, but it wasn’t very true to myself ... The thing that had been missing from all the beautiful places I’d ever lived in, was me!” she said, citing, at one point in the interview, how author Maya Angelou inspired her new home design.
The auction, which will be hosted by Beverly Hills-based Kaminski Auctions will indeed feature items from all of Oprah's homes, including her residences in Chicago, Maui, Indiana and Santa Barbara.
Items are slated for public viewing at the grounds of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. Take a look at some of the ones featured in the March issue of O Magazine, below.