Top Celebrity Art Collectors: Oprah Winfrey

 May 16, 2019

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey. Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images



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Collecting Vibe: Americana with a focus on African American artists

Favorite Artists: A home tour of Oprah’s library revealed works by sculptor Gaston Lachaise and painter Harry Roseland. Above the mantlepiece is Back From the Fields (1945) by the master of Americana, Thomas Hart Benton. In her Indiana farmhouse, a vertical portrait by Roseland called To The Highest Bidder depicts a female slave on the auction block.

Notable Transactions: Back in 2015, a suite of collectibles from O’s collection were auctioned off by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. But she’s best known in the art world for making a cool $62 million profit when she anonymously consigned Gustav Klimt’s full-length portrait to auction in 2016, where it fetched $150 million.

Watching Oprah
Installation view of “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Also Worth Knowing: Oprah is a full-fledged cultural icon, so it’s no surprise that she starred in her own museum show at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Originally published at artnet News

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