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Hundreds of Oprah's Heirlooms Sell at Auction, But Many Still Available

 Oprah Winfrey, right, next to a painting she once owned that sold for $8,750 at auction.
Oprah Winfrey, right, next to a painting she once owned that sold for $8,750 at auction.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — There's still time to buy one of Oprah Winfrey's (formerly) favorite things.

Nearly $800,000 worth of the mogul's personal items sold at Saturday's charity auction, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said. Among the highlights: a Michel Perchin-designed pen that garnered $1,250, a makeup chair that drew $688, and the $45,000 sale of an oil painting by Hovsep Pushman.

This painting sold for $45,000, the most expensive sale Saturday (courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers). 

The auction was one of the most attended in Leslie Hindman's history, drawing "significant collectors" as well as people going to their first auction, said Colleen Gleason, the auctioneer's director of estates and appraisals. Winfrey, who built her career in Chicago, sold off the items here four years after moving to California. 

A search of the catalogue shows 30 lots collectively valued up to $436,000 went unsold Saturday. The unsold items include the priciest, a 34-inch by 36-inch nude painting, as well as 18th-century mirrors and furniture. 

Those interested can contact Leslie Hindman directly to make a private offer, Gleason said. Here are some of the items Saturday that stood out:

"Cubist House," a painting by Albert Bertalan, sold for $8,750 Saturday. It was valued at no more than $4,000.

This 18th-Century giltwood and etched-glass mirror, valued between $25,000 and $35,000, is one of the more expensive items left unsold Saturday.

This Biedermeier ebonized daybed, valued between $3,000 and $5,000, remains available. 

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