Without question, the upcoming California auction of many Oprah Winfrey possessions is bound to attract a huge crowd. Now that the Kaminski auction house has released it’s online catalog — it’s intriguing to see exactly WHAT the TV icon is selling.
It’s an amazing and extensive collection of hundreds of items — including beautiful antique furniture, paintings, lamps, trays, rugs, clocks, pillows, mirrors, figurines, and tabletop accessories.
There are five Jetson electric bikes in assorted colors — autographed by Oprah — that are estimated to sell for $1,000 to $2,000. Obviously anticipating the sale — and knowing her autograph will boost the prices — there’s a bunch of things Oprah signed on Sept. 12 and 13 of this year. That includes several old TV Guide covers (($250-$400); Pheobe Beasley limited prints created for Oprah’s TV show, “The Women of Brewster Place” ($300-$500); large canvas banners for “The Color Purple” musical ($1,000-$2,000) and four copies of the original photo shot for the planned “The Autobiography of Oprah Winfrey,” co-authored with Joan Barthel, that was never published ($300-$500).
Winfrey’s even selling off a color photo of herself with Michael Jordan (maybe she had an extra copy?) — that’s expected to go for $200-$400.
Truly BIG Oprah fans can even snap up huge photos of the entertainment world mogul — including a signed reproduction of her October, 1998 Vogue magazine cover — blown up to nearly 6-feet high, by 4-feet across.
Perhaps an homage to “The Oprah Winfrey Show’s” many make-over episodes, there’s a framed quilt, titled “The Makeover,” with “Before” and “After” faces ($100-$200).
Want a “home theater sofa”? — the auction has one that came out of one of Winfrey’s houses — 13-feet long and expected to fetch $2,000-$5,000.
Not that anyone travels like they did in the Gilded Age of the late 19th or early 20th Century, but there’s also a gorgeous antique Bottega Veneta leather steamer trunk, with an auction estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
What’s interesting, the auction — set to begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at 3300 Via Real, Carpenteria, Calif. (near Winfrey’s Santa Barbara estate) — also includes a ton of stuff being sold by other people, including Bob Greene, the fitness pro made famous, thanks to his many appearances on “Oprah.” He’s selling antiques too — but also a lot of workout equipment and a collection of marble and porcelain bathroom fixtures, including tubs and sinks!
Among the less-expensive offerings: A very colorful, decoupage-decorated wooden chair, given Winfrey by a fan in 1997 — expected to go for $100-$200.
To check it all out, go to kaminskiauctions.com