Well, were any of you able to buy anything from Oprah’s epic yard sale? If you tried and you didn’t get anything, don’t feel bad: the prices even shocked Oprah.
According to The Los Angeles Times, winning bids for Oprah’s former possessions sold for a total of more than $600,000. People were so excited to buy something that belonged top Oprah – the items came from her homes in Hawaii, California, and Indiana – that the prices for some of the simplest things were through the roof. TMZ noted that Oprah said during the auction, “You’re paying too much!”
While that may have been true, Oprah certainly didn’t ask them to start over with lower bids. The Times reported the following winning bids on some items:
- $60,000 for a set of six 18th century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details
- $4,100 and $6,000 for canvas banners promoting Oprah in The Color Purple
- $3,000 for TV Guide cover
- $1,400 for a dog portrait
- $1,000 for a chair painted by a fan (estimated to be worth no more than $200)
- $1,000 for a teapot (worth less than $100)
- $4,000 and $4,750 for two sofas
If Oprah were doing this for herself, that would have been a nice bit of pocket change. But, the proceeds from Oprah’s epic yard sale will go to her all girls leadership academy in South Africa.
Congratulations to all the people who got a “piece of Oprah.” I mean, I guess (forgive me, no shade, I’m just surprised by some of these prices).