Oprah Winfrey auctions off household items
Only Oprah Winfrey could sell the world a ballpoint pen for more than $1,000.
The auction attracted bidders from all over the world who showed up in person and online to score more than 500 items from her home, including artwork, furniture and clothing.
Oprah's 9,625 square foot apartment housed a big selection of ornate furniture that looks like it came straight out of Downton Abbey - but with a much more modern price tag.
Take this Hovsep Pushman's 'The Little Mother.' It brought in a whopping $45,000. Her tea cups and saucers? This Flora Danica set sold for more than $9,000.
A set of dinner plates sold for $20,000 and this porcelain dessert service went for more than $23,000.
Was there anything us mere mortals could afford?
Sure, if you would rather buy a pen instead of fill up your gas tank for the week. A few of these stationery items were expected fetch between $20 and $50 but none of them sold for less than $250. And then there's that thousand dollar pen. It fetched $1,250, but this is no ordinary bic, it's a A Michel Perchin 18 Karat Gold Plated and enameled ballpoint pen.
The most expensive item in the collection is Richard Edward Miller's painting The Red Scarf. It was expected to fetch up to $120,000 but went unsold, along with several other items.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers say the entire collection brought in around $800,000. The proceeds will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which tries to prepare disadvantaged high school-aged girls to be future leaders.