Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams will go under the hammer on 4 October at Sotheby's New York.

By Daniel Herborn

Posted on July 24, 2018

The auction will feature rare timepieces, bicycles, Hollywood memorabilia and works from some of the biggest names in contemporary art. He collected the items for sale during his marriage to film producer and philanthropist Marsha Garces Williams. The pair were married from 1989 to 2010.

Some of the proceeds of the auction will go to organisations Robin and his wife Marsha championed, including The Juilliard School and Wounded Warrior Project.

Sotheby’s said the sale will encompass works representing the couple’s “diverse interests and careers, all reflecting their shared passion for collecting.”

It has been four years since Williams, a popular actor and seminal comedian, took his own life after a battle with Lewy Body Dementias.

Starring in films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin and Dead Poets’ Society, Williams became one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood history. He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor his work in Good Will Hunting in 1997.


Williams was also a major collector and built up a collection of autographed film scripts, props and wardrobe items. A robe worn by Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is expected to fetch US$10-15,000.

More than 40 pieces from Williams’ watch collection are also for sale, including a Fine White Gold Tonneau Form Minute Repeating Tourbillon Wristwatch.

Robin Williams: actor, comedian, collector, philanthopist

Robin and Marsha were also heavily involved in the contemporary art world and this auction includes street art by Banksy, sculpture by Niki de-Saint Phalle and work by Shepherd Fairey, who famously created the iconic Barack Obama Hope poster.

A Group Of Twenty Walking Figures, a sculpture by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz Caminando, is listed at US$400-600,000 and Deborah Butterfield’s bronze work Madrone (Cody) has an estimated price of US$220-280,000.

Creating a Stage will not be the first major auction of Williams’ collection. Back in 2016, his children donated 87 of his bikes, including limited edition models and luxury racers, to be auctioned off for charity. That collection tripled its reserve and made more than US$600,000 for The Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, two charities Williams had supported for years.

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