The largest used equipment sale in Chicago will take place in early June, when millions of dollars in premium equipment from Oprah’s Harpo Studios will be auctioned off to buyers around the world.
Joseph Finn Co., the industry’s premier auctioneer for broadcast and film equipment, will conduct the Online only auction, in two parts: Day 1, June 5 and Day 2, June 10.
Day 1 auctions open Friday, June 5 at 8 a.m. and end Wednesday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m. Day 2 auctions close Thursday, June 11 at 9:00 a.m. CDT.
The equipment consists of several hundred pieces of equipment, including Sony HD cameras, Fujinon lenses, Vinten Vision fluid heads, tripods, bases, Autoscript teleprompers, Technocranes, Varilights, Sony HDs, Chryron, Snell & Wilcox, Abekas switches / effects, Yamaha audio console dimmers / processors, mixers and microphones and more.
Hundreds of lighting and gripping equipment include Kino Flo, Arri, ETC, Desisti, Light Panel; Matthews, American, Avenger, stands, hangars, clamps and cable; Wireless microphones including Lectrosonic, SMD, Sennheiser, Neumann, Shure, JK, Sound Devices, receivers, transmitters, belts and headsets.
The equipment to be auctioned is available for inspection bYes meet only at Harpo Studios, 110 N. Carpenter in the West Loop.
For appointments and more information contact Barbara at Joseph Finn’s Newton, Mass. Office, 617 / 964-1886 or send email here.
Harpo has half a century of history
In 1988, Winfrey and investors King Syndication and lawyer Jeffrey Jacobs purchased what had been Fred A. Niles Studio for 30 years. They paid $ 4.75 million for the half-block property at 1058 W. Washington Blvd., between Carpenter and Aberdeen streets.
Harpo Studios then invested an additional $ 5.25 million to rehabilitate the aging 90,000 square feet. and buy state-of-the-art equipment for Oprah’s daily talk show. They bought additional buildings and eventually owned the entire block.
Oprah ended 25 years of broadcasting in Chicago in 2011 to launch her OWN cable network headquarters in her own West Hollywood building. Almost 200 full-time Harpo employees were affected by the move.
Last May, real estate developer Sterling Bay purchased the four-building facility on the 3.48-acre Harpo campus for $ 30.5 million. The property was re-let to Harpo Studios until April 2016.
At the time of the purchase, Sterling Bay said it was not yet decided what they would build on the property. But noting the proliferation of residential skyscrapers in the thriving West Loop, Sterling Bay said they tend to build an office complex there.