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Oprah's Yard Sale Fetches $600,000 for Charity


Oprah Winfrey's old stuff has fetched $600,000, said news reports Sunday morning.

In what was described as "an epic yard sale" taking place on Saturday – and, in classic Oprah style, all for charity – 10 percent of the total take, $60,000, went for a set of six 18th-century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details.

The Los Angeles Times also noted that the Oprah touch sent prices on the most mundane items skyrocketing, simply because people wanted something that was Oprah's – including a teapot expected to go for $100.

In the end, it had another zero attached to its price tag.

Other non-bargains, as reported by the Times:

• An enlarged print of a TV Guide photo of the TV host, with a $200-$400 estimate, went for $3,000

• Crystal lamp bases (described as "simple"), expected to fetch $200-$400, went instead for $2,500

• Two 13-ft. long sofas, upholstered in crushed velvet with roped fringe, collectively brought in $8,750


The treasures came from the 59-year-old media mogul's homes in Hawaii, Indiana and California, with the auction taking place inside three tents on the polo grounds in Santa Barbara, Calif. All proceeds from the sale benefited Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

"I've been accumulating things since 1985," Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight. "It's just too much stuff. I talk about it a lot in [O] the magazine. We talk about decluttering. And I realized, I need to declutter my own life. It is very freeing. I am downsizing."


Print, 16 by 20 inches, of photo used for TV Guide cover in 1987. Estimate: $200 to $400. Winning bid: $3,000.

A set of six of these 18th century Louis XVI chairs with hand-embroidered details elicited a winning bid of $60,000.
The $1,000 teapot. It's McCoy pottery, which is collectible, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a buyer at the same price if the piece did not come with its celebrity connection.
(+ 3 more at The Los Angeles Times)


People + All 101 items at Celebuzz!
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