Oprah Winfrey auction: Sofas, chairs and a lot of chintz
Picture the rose print and brass castors in a sleek white contemporary room, and suddenly the granny style has a completely different effect. The sofa is one of several high-end George Smith sofas poised to be steals in the Oprah auction.
Estimated to sell for: $600 to $800 Current high bid: $500 (Kaminski Auctions)
If penning thank-you notes at this 19th century Louis XV-style desk doesn’t help you feel more Oprah-like, we’re not sure what will. The cream-colored tooled-leather top sits above golden pineapple and leaf details.
Estimate: $10,000 to $20,000 Starting bid: $5,000 (Kaminsky Auctions)
Toss a little Oprah on your sofa? These four chintz and embroidered pillows are being sold as a single lot.
Estimate: $200 to $300 Current high bid: $100 (Kaminski Auctions)
A pair of early 20th century Venetian mirrored sconces don’t exactly scream modern living, but we could imagine them as vintage accents to a contemporary Hollywood-glam interior.
Estimate for the pair: $300 to $600. Current high bid: $150 (Kaminski Auctions)
The painted floral details are the charm of this French bombe chest with a faux-marble top that’s strong enough to display a year’s worth of O magazines.
Estimate: $2,000 to $4,000 Starting bid: $1,000 (Kaminski Auctions)
Early 20th century brass and mahogany bistro chairs are one of the biggest departures from the gilded antiques and country florals that constitute the bulk of the auction.
Estimate for the set: $800 to $1,200 Current high bid: $400 (Kaminski Auctions)
For a bit of designer decor: a black leather and brass steamer trunk from the Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta.
Estimate: $1,000 to $2,000 Current high bid: $700 (Kaminski Auctions)
For a less expensive piece of Oprah, this pair of Aspen landscapes might be the thing: Each canvas is 4 feet tall.
Estimate for the pair: $400 to $600 Current high bid: $550 (Kaminski Auctions)
Tired of sitting still? This 19th century leather Chesterfield slipper chair has casters.
Estimate: $450 to $750 Current high bid: $325 (Kaminsky Auctions)
Even if you can’t imagine Winfrey having enough time to lounge on this 18th century Louis XVI bench by Sylvain-Nicolas Blanchard, you could still enjoy its hand-embroidered detailing and its history.
Estimate: $10,000 to $20,000 Starting bid: $5,000 (Kaminski Auctions)
Some bidders at the Oprah will be drawn by the celebrity connection, others simply will be looking for good deals. Case in point: A set of four cherry arm armchairs from the high-end Italian furniture firm Georgetti were, at last check, poised to sell for less than $600 apiece.
Estimate for set of four: $2,000 to $3,000 Current high bid: $2,100 (Kaminski Auctions)
A 19th century English breakfast table has an ebony inlay.
Estimate: $4,000 to $6,000 Current high bid: $2,000 (Kaminski Auctions)
In the digital age, a homey link to the past: antique pine library steps. (Use them for a loft?)
Estimate: $1,000 to $2,000 Starting Bid: $500 (Kaminski Auctions)
A lot that consists of more than 200 blue and white imported floral porcelain tiles just might make you feel as though you’re showering in Portugal. The 5.5-inch-square tiles are the property of Bob Greene, Oprah’s exercise guru, who is contributing dozens of lots to the Nov. 2 auction.
Estimate: $300 to $500 Starting bid: $150 (Kaminski Auctions)
A pair of 20th century Art Deco leather chairs are among the dozens of lots labeled “property from various fine estates,” pieces that are not from Oprah’s homes but are included in the sale to raise money for Oprah’s girls’ academy.
Estimate for the pair: $1,000 to $2,000 Current high bid: $500 (Kaminski Auctions)
A romantic oil painting of a girl with a basket of lambs -- a 19th century Italian piece signed E Serra -- also is one of the lots labeled “property from various fine estates.”
Estimate: $6,000 to $8,000 Starting bid: $3,000 (Kaminski Auctions)
For an auction filled with items from the queen of talk’s Montecito mansion, is there a more appropriate item on which to bid than a pair of early 18th century hand-colored engravings of Versailles? They are framed in gold leaf, of course.
Estimate for the pair: $500 to $1,000 Current high bid: $300