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October 12, 2013

Teaming up with Oprah

Beverly company to handle auction of Winfrey's collection

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Kaminski said he doesn’t know how much the auction will raise, but noted that people will be able to bid online “from all over the world.”

Kaminski will fly back to California next week to prepare for the auction, and most of his staff will join him later. Kaminski Auctions will host a preview party the night before the auction at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. Tickets cost $100. They’ve also produced a catalog of the auction items that sells for $50.

Kaminski said he auctioned off Mayor Curley’s house in Boston years ago. But with as many as 6,000 people expected to attend, this will be his biggest yet.

Kaminski opened his business in Beverly in 1996 with a staff of four people. The company now includes locations in Beverly Hills, San Diego, Palm Desert, and New York City.

After running an auction for one of the world’s most famous people, he wonders what will happen next. He said someone recently emailed him a link about the Oprah Effect, referring to the positive impact Oprah has on anything she is associated with.

“I kind of laughed about it,” he said, “but who knows?”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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