Oprah to Auction Off Personal Belongings From Water Tower Condo

Oprah Winfrey will auction off more than 500 personal belongings from her Water Tower Place condo that she put on the market last July, with the items set to go on sale April 25.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers announced the sale on Monday, with the proceeds going to The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

“Oprah’s acumen as a media icon and businesswoman has been an inspiration for millions,” Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said in a statement on their website. “Perhaps even more inspiring is her dedication to altruistic endeavors, built on the foundation of sharing her success to better the lives of others.”

Oprah will be parting with more than 500 items from her personal collection including English, French and Continental furniture and decorative arts, paintings, prints, drawings, porcelain, crystal, silver, memorabilia, clothing and accessories.

“On a more personal level, I have long revered Ms. Winfrey as a collector,” said Leslie Hindman, founder of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. "I once met with Ms. Winfrey in 2003, and we discussed my perspectives and advice regarding collecting. It was immediately evident that she had extensive market knowledge and had made it a priority to form relationships with dealers, collectors and industry contacts to make informed decisions regarding acquisitions.”

The pieces will be available to preview at exhibitions beginning on April 16. Bidding will begin on April 25.

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