Is Oprah Tacky? The Expensive, Ugly and Uglier from Her Upcoming Auction

To borrow a phrase from Tim Gunn, we question the taste level of this collection

If you heard Oprah Winfrey was having a tag sale, you'd obviously be all over it, right? Well, yeah -- about that. The star is auctioning off possessions from her multiple residences around the country on November 2 in Santa Barbara, California, and many of the lots in the massive collection just have us scratching our heads. For one, many are over-the-top expensive. (No surprise there.) But many of the lots that are affordable are, um, downright ugly. And tacky. See for yourself and judge away:

Eagle pub sign (estimated at $3,000 to $5,000)

Kaminski Auctions

OK, so maybe this eagle pub sign is a bit classier than a neon beer sign, but still. Who knew Oprah had a fratty bachelor's taste in home decor? 

Pair of large porcelain parrots (estimated at $2,000 to $4,000)

Kaminski Auctions

Oprah, you didn't. These porcelain parrots are so our grandparents' house circa 1979. 

20th century coo coo wall clock (estimated at $150 to $250)

Kaminski Auctions


You'd kinda have to be coo coo to actually select this clock for your home. 

18th or 19th Century Italian carved panels (estimated at $6,000 to $10,000)

Kaminski Auctions

We'd almost pay the $10,000 just to keep the insanely creepy faces on these ornate carved panels from staring at us while we're not decent. 

Adirondack elk antler chandelier (estimated at $700 to $1,000)

Kaminski Auctions

Elegant and cruelty free! (JK, this elk antler chandelier is actually neither of those.) 

19th century English coal hod (estimated at $200 to $400)

No, we don't know what a coal hod is either. But we do know that antique furniture with a tiny white dog painted onto is a no-no, Oprah.

Decoupage "Oprah" chair (estimated at $100 to $200)

Ahh, decoupage, so ... '90s. Created by a fan for the talk show queen in 1997, this piece of art is not something we'd really want in our home.

Pair of English Staffordshire lions (estimated at $300 to $500)

Ceramic lions are on everyone's wishlist, no? We know Oprah's an avid pet-lover, but the faces on these two are sort of scaring the crap out of us.

St. Louis paperweights (estimated at $400 to $700)

Because when I think to myself, "Damn, I need a new paperweight," my next thought will be to clearly budget $400 to $700 for the purchase. 

Jumeau doll (estimated at $5,000 to $8,000)

Kaminski Auctions

Not for nothing, but vintage dolls give us the total heebie jeebs.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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