The auction of Property from the Oprah Winfrey Collections was held on April 25 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers after a week of preview parties, fan admiration and media buzz surrounding the sale of property from Ms. Winfrey’s Water Tower apartment in Chicago.
Days leading up to the sale, endless foot traffic busied the exhibition floor of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Curious faces and intrigued collectors peered into glass cases, surveyed the walls and wondered what furniture arrangements Ms. Winfrey would have had in her own home. Camera crews from major news networks lit up the scene, capturing shots of the formal, the personal and the unpredictable items once owned by the global icon.
On auction day, April 25, over 550 lots were up for sale, ranging from fine art to impressive party provisions to clothing worn on The Oprah Winfrey Show. With something for everyone, the sale had nearly 800 participants from 10 different countries with an active audience of bidders on the live, online bidding platforms, LHLive and Bidsquare.
In addition to online bidders, the Chicago based auction house witnessed an influx of eager buyers and spectators in the saleroom. Many out of town guests traveled both near and far to participate in the sale.
One participant traveled from San Francisco to partake in her second auction to date, coming in on a red-eye with hopes of securing items from the Property from the Oprah Winfrey Collections. Another fan from the west coast came into town for a chance to land one of the couture pieces worn by Ms. Winfrey on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Collectors from downstate Illinois drove up to inspect the Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica collection, which they placed winning bids on for both the luncheon and salad plates, selling together for $17,000.
Highlights of the sale included a Danish parcel gilt pine tall case clock that sold for $8,750 against a presale estimate of $3,000/5,000 and a pair of Biedermeier parcel ebonized walnut side chairs that sold for $5,250 against a presale estimate of $2,000/4,000. The Jorg and Olif Bicycle, estimated at $200/400, sold for $875. An additional highlight was Hovsep Pushman’s Little Mother, which sold for $45,000.
Leslie Hindman took to the podium as the sale’s first auctioneer and later went on to say, “We were thrilled to handle property from the Oprah Winfrey collection. It brought both new and experienced buyers together to raise money for a good cause.”
The sale grossed nearly $800,000. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, supporting the continued education of students from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, South Africa.