26 May 2019
November 9, 2013 - Filed under: Auctions — Harriet

Oprah Winfrey recently sold some of her possessions at a ‘yard sale’ to raise money for charity.

The event was held at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club by Kaminski auction house. It proved to be a much grander affair than a typical yard sale, with antiques, personalised items, furniture and paintings included. The amount raised came to $600,000 (£370,000) to be donated to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

The items were taken from her homes in Indiana, Chicago and Hawaii, in addition to some pieces which had been donated from other parties. Oprah posted messages on Twitter to encourage more people to bid for items in the sale. The aim of the charity is to help young women in South Africa to experience increased social opportunities and education. According to the website, it is:

“a place where young girls will have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for their sisters, and for generations to come.”

The TV star has been the host of her own programme, the Oprah Winfrey Show, for 27 years and had a role in the new film, The Butler.

Among the items for sale were various pieces of furniture, including antique chairs. Successful bidders at auctions pay a higher price for the items available, as a buyer’s premium is typically added. It is possible to discover rare and valuable items like antique chairs at one of the reputable dealers in Lancashire.

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