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Oprah Winfrey to auction off antiques, art, and more items from her home

Want to own a few of Oprah’s favorite things? Next month, Winfrey will auction off furniture, antiques, and fine art from her 23,000-square-foot Montecito mansion — which is currently undergoing a major interior redesign — and her homes in Chicago, Maui, and Indiana.

Among the items from The Oprah Winfrey Collection that will go on the block: a collection of English George Smith upholstered furniture, an 18th century Louis XVI chest with an estimated value of between $30,000 and $50,000, and a set of embroidered yellow silk Louis XV armchairs worth between $20,000 and $40,000. Kaminski Auctions will host the event on November 2 at the Santa Barbara Polo Club and Racquet Club in Carpinteria, California. Though free general admission is available, a $100 VIP package guarantees you a reserved seat, a ticket to preview the items, and a catalog containing photos of the lots.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund, which is dedicated to helping female graduates from the media mogul’s South African school attend college.

This isn’t the first time Winfrey has put her hand-me-downs up for sale.  READ FULL STORY

'The Butler': Costume designer Ruth Carter on the film's epic wardrobe and dressing Oprah

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (in theaters Aug. 16) is a fictionalized version of the story of White House butler Eugene Allen. For Ruth E. Carter, that meant designing period costumes for an independent film that spans more than 80 years — from a Virginia plantation in the 1920s, to the Civil Rights Era, to the election of Barack Obama — and boasts a cast of characters that includes some of the most important figures in U.S. history. Not to mention, working with the one and only Oprah.

“We did a lot of restoration and building,” says Carter, who earned Academy Award nominations for her work on 1992’s Malcolm X and 1997’s Amistad. “I had a full crew of seamstresses, a cutter fitter, a person who just did beading. [The wardrobe] came from so many different sources. We had very little time.” Carter’s wardrobe team had just a few months to create more than 250 looks for 95 characters, including the butler himself, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), U.S. presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower (Robin Williams), John F. Kennedy  (James Marsden), Richard Nixon (John Cusack), and Ronald Reagan (Alan Rickman) — plus iconic first ladies like Jackie Kennedy (Minka Kelly) and Nancy Reagan (Jane Fonda) — and fictional figures played by Mariah Carey, Terrence Howard, and Alex Pettyfer. As for Oprah? “I wanted to make her one of those quintessential homemakers,” Carter explains. “Just as Jackie Kennedy was First Lady at the White House, Oprah’s character was the First Lady of the Gaines house and of her community. I tried to create an [equally] iconic persona for her.”

Although Carter insists that The Butler “is not a big, fancy movie that gives you fancy speeches and fancy people,” there is no shortage of tuxedos, beaded gowns, and other fancy clothes. Keep reading for more details on the film’s epic wardrobe.  READ FULL STORY

Oprah goes organic, the Netflix of nail polish arrives and more

Oprah’s next, next chapter? Farmer! The media mogul has put in applications at the US Patent and Trademark Organization to produce a variety of goods under brand names like “Oprah’s Organics.” [Forbes]

A new subscription nail polish club called Lacquerous uses the same model as Netflix. Sounds cool, but is it hygienic? [Refinery 29]

Victoria’s Secret will edit out footage of model Karlie Kloss wearing a Native American-style headdress in its annual holiday fashion show before it airs on TV next month. [TIME]

The first of a series of auctions of Andy Warhol works raked in over $17 million. Among the top sellers was “Jackie,” a screen print and paper collage of Jacqueline Kennedy that sold for over $626,000. [AP]

First Lady Michelle Obama admits that she’s a Downton Abbey fan and has already scored season 3 —  which won’t begin airing in the United States until January 2013 — on DVD. [InStyle]

Did Anne Hathaway lose weight for her role in Les Misérables by eating like her character would have?  [NYMag]

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