LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey’s decision to sell artwork, furniture and memorabilia from her 23,000-square-foot estate near Santa Barbara, Calif., wasn’t entirely a surprise.
In the March issue of O the Oprah Magazine, Winfrey announced that she planned to remodel the Montecito, Calif., mansion to better reflect her “true” self. The idea came after a visit from Los Angeles-based interior designer Rose Tarlow, who bluntly told Winfrey, “This house has nothing to do with you.”
Winfrey went on to write: “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!”
Winfrey then hired Tarlow to redecorate the home. However, she needed to clean house. On Saturday, Kaminski Auctions sold her furnishings and personal items on the grounds of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club in Carpinteria, Calif. The auction also included items from her Chicago apartment, her Indiana farm and her home on Maui.
What Oprah castoff might someone have taken home? The 584 auction lots included hand-wrought iron panels from her staircase estimated at $4,000 to $7,000, a green and white plaid George Smith couch valued at $3,000 to $4,000, a Louis XVI chest valued at $30,000 to $50,000, and Louis XV armchairs in hand-embroidered yellow silk upholstery valued at $20,000 to $40,000.
Proceeds from the event were to benefit her leadership academy for girls in South Africa.