Mark your calendars and dig out your auction paddles because Oprah Winfrey is cleaning house! The TV queen is said to be redecorating her digs and promoted the event on Twitter as the “biggest yard sale ever!”
The public can bid on various items from five of Oprah’s residences including her Hawaiian and Santa Barbara mansions, with all proceeds going towards the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund, which is dedicated to helping graduates of Oprah’s South African school attend college.
The auction will be held at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club on November 2 and is expected to draw quite the crowd. The auction’s official website describes the sale as an offering of “antiques, contemporary furnishings, and fine art.”
So how much money will you have to spend to own a piece of Oprah’s past? The wrought-iron banisters that adorn the main staircase in her Santa Barbara home will cost you between $4,000 and $7,000. Have even more money burning a hole in your pocket? An 18th century Louis XVI chest can be yours for a cool $50,000.
English journalist Richard Mineard wrote in the Montecito Journal that the auction will surely be an event to remember. “It’s like Jackie O’s auction at Sotheby’s in the ‘90s where everyone got carried away,” Mineard says. “This is exactly the same thing.”