Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is selling the contents of her 23,000-square-foot, Georgian-style estate in Montecito, California. Fine art, English antiques and furnishings will be offered at auction next month.
Purchased in 2001 for about $50 million, Winfrey's 42-acre estate is situated in a posh enclave on the outskirts of oceanside Santa Barbara. She hired Rose Tarlow, who has designed for Eli Broad and Barbara Walters, to completely overhaul the entire interiors, orginally designed by late decorator Anthony P. Browne.
In the March issue of her O The Oprah Magazine, Winfrey wrote: "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!"
Among the offerings is a marble-topped Louis XVI chest stamped by the maker “Boudin” and estimated to bring between $30,000 and $50,000. A set of Louis XV armchairs in hand embroidered yellow silk upholstery is expected to fetch $20,000 to $40,000.
Artwork by Allen Stringfellow, John Kramer and Clementine Hunter, among others, is offered.
Kaminski Auctions of Beverly Hills will hold the sale at the Santa Barbara Polo Club and Racquet Club in Carpinteria, Calif., on Nov. 2. Proceeds will benefit The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund. Items from her Maui, Indiana and Chicago homes will also be included in the sale.
A public preview will be held at the grounds of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free general admission seating will be available for this auction by pre-registering for tickets at www.kaminskiauctions.com. Catalogs may be purchased for $50 through Kaminski Auctions at www.kaminskiauctions.com.