It's out with the old and in with the new at Oprah Winfrey's Montecito mansion. The OWN head honcho is getting rid of her old stuff, and while she's not exactly having a garage sale, she is cleaning house by way of an upscale auction.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the proceeds from the supersize sale - which is set to take place on Nov. 2 on the grounds of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California -- will go to Oprah's leadership academy for girls in South Africa. Items from her Chicago apartment and her homes in Indiana and Maui will also be included.
Who can't use an extra set of staircase panels? Oprah's hand-wrought iron panels from her staircase will be on the block (estimated value $4,000 to $7,000), as well as a green and white plaid George Smith couch, and higher end items like a Louis XVI chest and Louis XV armchairs in hand-embroidered yellow silk upholstery (valued at over $20,000 each).
But don't worry about Oprah's empty nest. She'll be getting a new couch (and chairs, and staircase panels) courtesy of designer Rose Tarlow's new vision for her. Earlier this year, Oprah commissioned the designer to makeover her 23,000 square-foot mansion after she realized her tastes had changed.
In a spread for O! Magazine, Oprah wrote: "I knew my house was impressive…. I poured my heart and soul into making it perfect. The gilded mirrors, marble urns, the lavish carpets, and sherbet palette -- it was all very grand, but it wasn't very true to myself."
Which means those gilded mirrors and marble urns will probably be for sale, too.
Of course, Oprah's not the first celeb to clean house and sell unwanted items (and she probably won't be the last!)
In 2006, Tori Spelling hosted an estate sale at her Studio City home. According to People, items included memorabilia from her "Beverly Hills 90210" days, as well as furniture and fine silver. (Sample sale items: a pair of used Marc Jacobs round-toe shoes sold for $100, and a silver Tiffany serving platter that went for $2,800.) The actress also sold items from her ill-fated first marriage to first hubby Charlie Shanian, including wedding books and her framed wedding flowers.
Actor Scott Baio peddled celebrity baby items to raise money for the Bailey Baio Foundation in 2009. The former "Charles In Charge" star and his wife Renee raised over $16,000 during the six hour event, which included the sale of a classic car-shaped baby bouncer that once belonged to Dennis Quaid's twins, as well as used pajamas from ex-"Dancing With the Stars" hostess Samantha Harris.
Pamela Anderson hosted a yard sale in 2008 to benefit PETA, but it was more for babes than babies. The former "Baywatch" star sold some G-rated yard sale items like kitchen appliances, a rocking horse, and a blue children's bed, but she also opened up her lingerie closet, according to the New York Daily News. Racier sale items included a chain-mail bra, satin negligees, and a Playboy necklace.
And Scott Baio's "Charles in Charge" co-star also cleaned house -- and cleaned up. In 2009, cash-strapped actor Willie Ames held a garage sale at his Olathe, Kansas home after he filed for bankruptcy. Items for sale included artwork, leather couches, lamps, a piano, deer head mounts and memorabilia from his acting days.
Oprah's Winfrey's sale items will be uploaded to Kaminski Auctions online site on Oct. 18.
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