You Can Meet Oprah – for a Price

An Auction for ‘The Butler’ Premiere Will Serve Up a Meeting with the OWN Head Honcho, but It’s Not the First Time She’s Gone to the Highest Bidder

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Oprah Winfrey's new movie, "The Butler," boasts a star studded ensemble cast that includes everyone from Lenny Kravitz to Jane Fonda, but you (yes, you!) can hobnob with the Queen of Talk herself if you have some spare cash laying round. OK, a lot of spare cash.

According to the Los Angeles Times, The Weinstein Company has teamed with Charitybuzz to offer up an auction package that will net the winning bidder two tickets to the film's New York or L.A. premiere, including a red carpet meeting with Oprah and an invite to the after-party. The winner will be escorted to the event by a Weinstein Co. publicist.

The auction -- which benefits La Jolla Playhouse -- boasts that the package is worth $25K, but bids are trickling in slowly. Check it out here while it's still affordable!

Of course, this isn't the first time the OWN head honcho (or at least her stuff) has been part of an auction prize.

In 2010, Oprah fans got to walk in her shoes -- literally -- when she cleaned out her closet and listed 150 personal items on eBay to benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. Auctioned items included crocodile bags acquired during her "ladies who lunch phase," a Carolina Herrera satin dress, a white suit jacket, and a slew of size 10 shoes.

In 2008, she auctioned off three of her classic cars at Gooding's Pebble Beach Auction, to benefit the annual Arts and Culture Workshop at OWLA. The three vehicles from Oprah's private collection included a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, a 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante, and a 1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible (a gift from pal John Travolta).

In 2011, it was seven signed designer handbags for a benefit for York Hospital's breast care program. According to Joy 105.com, a York Hospital committee member contacted Oprah after the team created a musical video in which they asked for her support. Oprah sent the hospital two large boxes containing Versace, Marc Jacobs, and Ferragamo bags.

And way back in the prehistoric days of the Internet, Oprah teamed up with Amazon.com for an auction that featured a bevy of super fan worthy items including signed memorabilia and front row seats to her talk show. Also included was the computer the talk show queen used while learning how to use the Internet! Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he was even honored to introduce Oprah and her fans to the "excitement of the Internet and the online auction experience." Proceeds from the 1999 auction went to Oprah's Angel Network.

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