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8 Highlights from the Oprah Winfrey Property Auction This Weekend

Makeup chair, anyone?

Photos: Courtesy of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Get ready, Oprah-philes. This weekend the Chicago-based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is hosting a massive auction of more than 500 cool, crazy, and in-between items owned by the billionaire media queen Oprah Winfrey.

Most of the collection of decorative art comes from Winfrey’s Water Tower apartment, including furniture, paintings, prints, porcelain, crystal, silver, clothing, and accessories, which include a substantial amount of Chanel, Valentino, Christian Louboutin and Oscar de la Renta for the label-lovers. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which supports the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

The Property from the Oprah Winfrey Collections auction will begin Saturday at 10 a.m., with previews going on now. Leslie Hindman’s Auctioneers offers four bidding options—online, telephone, absentee, and in-person—though all participants must register for the sale. 

With about 571 Oprah treasures up for grabs, why be ordinary in your bidding selection? True Oprah fans will recognize the deep fulfillment of soaking their tea in the same strainer that the daytime TV diva might have used every morning before heading to Harpo Studios or writing with the same pen that she used to sign off on her many philanthropic checks.

Here are just some of the more bizarre things we found while perusing the options.

The most expensive item in the collection (at least by the estimates) is Richard Edward Miller’s painting The Red Scarf. Let’s see what this one ends up going for.
Estimate: $80,000 to $120,000
A set of eight silver-plate tea strainers. Probably slightly used. 
Estimate: $40 to $60
Two sets of French silvered placecard holders. These are actually just four of 42 placecard holders up for bidding. If you really entertain, go for the set of 32 pewter placeholders, estimated as high as $1000.
Estimate: $100 to $200
A pair of Danish silver sugar tongs, 4 inches each. Just to gussy up your sugar game, of course.
Estimate: $80 to $120
A Jorg and Olif bicycle. The cheaper of the two bikes that Oprah is giving away, and perfect for riding down the Lakefront Trail in style.
Estimate: $200 to $400
A Takara-Sigma 21 Make-Up Chair. You know you’ve been wanting one.
Estimate: $800 to $1200
An Esty 200 Make-Up and Hair Styling Cart. Because what’s the point of getting the chair without the accompanying cart?
Estimate: $500 to $700
A ballpoint pen. Sure, why not.
Estimate: $30 to $50


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