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The Oprah Winfrey Collection Sells High At Kaminski Auctions

On Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. PST Kaminski Auctions kicked off the Oprah Winfrey Collection auction at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet club. The event offered antiques, contemporary furnishings, fine art and signed memorabilia from Oprah’s residences in Indiana, Maui, Chicago, and Santa Barbara. 

On Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. PST Kaminski Auctions kicked off the Oprah Winfrey Collection auction at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet club. The event offered antiques, contemporary furnishings, fine art and signed memorabilia from Oprah’s residences in Indiana, Maui, Chicago, and Santa Barbara. The auction raised over $600,000 that will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund. The fund is dedicated to helping graduates of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls — South Africa, to attend colleges and universities around the world.

Preview days included interviews with the local affiliates of CBS and NBC/Fox in addition to numerous local and Los Angeles area media. An elegant VIP party for over 300 guests was held on Friday night prior to the auction with music by Peter Clark and his orchestra and a performance by a talented group of young aspiring singers from the Janet Adderley School for the Performing Arts who sang an amazing rendition of songs from the musical “The Color Purple.”

Bright and early auction day, fans were lined up at 8:00 a.m. with over 4,000 visitors between preview days and the Saturday auction coming through the gates. Prior to auction day the Kaminski web page for the collection saw over 200,000 hits from 170 countries and all 50 states.

With a quick lesson from auctioneer Frank Kaminski, Oprah got the excited crowd going by auctioning off the first five lots of the sale. The first two items in the sale were canvas banners from “The Color Purple,” which sold for $4,100 and $6,000. Ms. Winfrey personally inscribed these to the excited buyers and the momentum of the sale built from there.

With over 7,500 bidders registered on the KaminskiLive bidding platform, the auction finished long after dark at 9:30 p.m. that evening. Determined fans kept the bidding alive in person and on the Internet.

Top furniture lots in the sale were an 18th century Louis XVI Leonard Boudin signed bureau that sold for $25,200 and an 18th century Swedish tall clock that sold for $10,200. A French Art Deco style bar attracted many interested buyers, finally hammering down for $6,000, while lot # 1106, an 19th century English tilt top breakfast table with burl wood veneer, sold for $7,800.

Art in the sale sold particularly well. A M. Burroughs painting titled “Cubist Women” sold for $15,600 while a signed Robinson gouache titled “Four Girls Looking Through a Window,” sold for $7,200, far above the pre auction estimate of $300-$500. A painting by Allen Stringfellow (1923-2004) titled “Jazz on Royal” sold for $8,400. In addition, a nativity scene by Clementine Hunter (1886-1988), oil on board, sold for $7,500.

Memorabilia in the sale did particularly well, selling often for many times above the high estimate, as did

everything signed by Oprah. A Jetson electric bike valued at $1,000-$2,000 sold for $6,300, while a Bottega

Veneta steamer trunk that Oprah stored her sweaters in, also estimated at $1,000-$2,000 sold for $10,200.

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