Oprah Winfrey's yard sale raises $600,000 for her charity
Oprah Winfrey has been busy with some preemptive spring cleaning, auctioning off 300 of her own items in order to raise $600,000 for her charity, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy College Fund.
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The legendary talk show host said she knew things had gone amiss when she found herself remodeling her bathroom around a hand-carved onyx bathtub, she said in the issue of O Magazine set to hit the stands Feb. 18.
According to a Daily Mail sneak peek, Winfrey wondered how she had come to be so fixated on an inanimate object.
The tub, she realized, represented much more than a place to soak after a long day.
"It represented wealth. And 'I've truly made it,'"' she explained. "It made me feel special. Lots of people have nice houses, but not many have a hand-carved-out-of-one-piece-of-onyx tub."
The time came, she realized, for a purge.
"When you're coming into your own, nobody ever teaches you how to ask for less," she said. "But over the years, you begin to make distinctions; you start to focus on what's important, and you start to realize what's superfluous."
Winfrey selected 300 such items and on Feb. 8 opened them up to the highest bidder.
According to the Los Angeles Times, among those possessions Winfrey parted ways with were a set of six 18th century Louis XVI armchairs, which sold for $60,000, a TV Guide cover photo featuring Winfrey for $3,000, a set of crystal lamp bases without shades for $2,500, and canvas banners promoting the star's role in "The Color Purple" for $4,100 and $6,000 - evidence the draw of owning an Oprah Winfrey heirloom was much stronger than the objects themselves.
The whole thing gave the 60-year-old a "midlevel anxiety attack," she revealed in O Magazine.
"For just a split second, I considered bidding on my own folk-art needlepoint rug with the lovely leaf design," she said. "But knowing what you need is more than knowing what you want."