Robin Williams' personal art, memorabilia collection go to auction

By Danielle Haynes
A look inside Sotheby's 'The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams'
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Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Hundreds of items belonging to late actor Robin Williams and his ex-wife, Marsha Garces, are set to go on auction later this week in New York City, a sale that's expected to benefit several charitable organizations.

The collection, which includes wristwatches, film and sports memorabilia and artworks, were on display at Sotheby's New York location ahead of the Thursday auction. The exhibit is titled "Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams."


Among the items expected to fetch the highest bids are a collection of 20 bronzes by sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz called Caminando (20 Walking Figures) and a Banksy painting titled Happy Choppers. Sotheby's expects each item to go for between $400,000 and $600,000.

The auction also features 40 wristwatches from Williams' personal collection, including one he wore during the filming of Dead Poets Society. Sotheby's expects the rectangular quartz watch, which includes an engraving, to fetch between $1,000 and $2,000.

Williams' Golden Globe awards for his roles in Mork and Mindy, Good Morning Vietnam, The Fisher King and Mrs. Doubtfire also will go to auction.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit Human Rights Watch, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Challenged Athletes Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, the Wounded Warrior Project and a scholarship to The Juilliard School in New York.


The Oscar-winning actor died Aug. 11, 2014, at age 63.

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