On November 2, at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, Oprah held a spectacular estate sale, auctioning off her personal valuables from her 23,000-square-foot, $85 million dollar mansion in Montecito. Having disclosed in O Magazine, Oprah says she intends on making some major changes to her home. “I am evolving (and) my taste is too.” The proceeds went to help her leadership academy for girls in South Africa.
In the March issue of O the Oprah Magazine, Oprah wrote that she planned to remodel the Montecito mansion to better reflect her “true” self. Los Angeles-based interior designer Rose Tarlow, bluntly told Winfrey, “This house has nothing to do with you.” She later revealed in the LA Times, “The gilded mirrors, marble urns, the lavish carpets and sherbet palette — it was all very grand, but it wasn’t very true to myself. And there you have it: That thing that had been missing from all the beautiful places I’d ever lived in was me!” Tarlow is well known for her simplistic, southern California style.
Kaminski Auctions put together a stunning 29 page catalogue “The Oprah Winfrey Collection“. They explain that many of the pieces in the collection came from her residences in Indiana, Hawaii, Chicago and Santa Barbara. The auction included many stunning English and French antiques, even a children’s playhouse, and swing set. Page 21 shows a bathoom dressed up with blue and white portuguese tiles, that were also auctioned off. What do you think of Oprah’s furniture and collections? What do you love the most?
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- 18th Century, Louis XVI bureau, stamped “Boudin,” ormolu mounted, inlaid with kingwood and tulipwood, $21,000
- 19th Century Louis XVI Style bureau plat with ormolu bronze trim and mounts, with cream colored tooled leather top, gold pineapple and leaf border, and ivory painted surface, Christie’s label attached,$8500
- 19th Century French dressing table, white painted with blue details, $1800
Oprah’s Estate Sale
Set of six 18th Century Louis XVI A La Reine, Jean Baptise Lelarge armchairs, with hand embroidered upholstery $60,000
Custom made sofa, with gold silk upholstery and multicolor roped edge detail, along with two coordinating pillows in blue and gold check pattern with fringe,$1500
In the style of Piero Fornasetti, three panel folding screen, decorated with small framed scenes of animals and scrolling floral motifs, unsigned, 78″ h x 19″ w (closed), 78″ h x 47″ w (open). Property of Oprah Winfrey. $900
George Smith LTD “Eve” chair, in tufted cream upholstery on wooden legs $1300
George Smith LTD “Brewster” chair, with custom slipcover$950
Bottega Veneta steamer trunk, Italian, black leather with brass hardware, without key, 21 1/2″ h x 39″ w x 21″ d. Property of Oprah Winfrey. Sold for $8500
18th Century Swedish tall clock, with bulbous body, acanthus leaves and gilt details $8500
19th Century English tilt top breakfast table, in burlwood veneer $6500
18th Century Chippendale Mirror $1800
Antique library steps, pine,$1200
Regency library step table, mahogany, with tooled leather top $2700
9th Century English Georgian slant lid desk $1200
19th Century Edwards and Roberts of London carved armchair$1800
19th Century French stand, fruit wood, with floral carved top$1200
18th Century English or Welsh bench, oak, with lift top seat, $2300
Welsh painted pine box settle bench, c. 1820$1300
marked “Pasabahce 2000” and 1208 on base $3500