THE BELOVED STAR’S EX-WIFE SELLS SOME OF HIS PRIZED POSSESSIONS TO RAISE MONEY FOR HIS FAVORITE CHARITIES
The late comedian’s ex-wife auctions off some of his prized possessions and movie memorabilia to help raise money and awareness for his favorite charities.
More than four years after Robin Williams’ death, fans love him as much as ever — and now they can buy one or more of his most cherished objects. On Oct. 4, Sotheby’s will host an auction in New York City featuring 310 items owned by the late comedian and his second wife, Marsha Garces Williams. “We didn’t really think of it as collecting,” says Marsha of how she and Robin gathered the lot, which includes contemporary art, watches, bicycles and movie memorabilia. “We chose things that made us laugh, think or want to be its caretakers for a period of time.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (named for two of his best friends) and several other charities. “Robin would love it if a lot of money was raised for the causes he was most motivated to be a part of,” says Marsha, adding that all of the items “deserve to be loved and appreciated by the next group of guardians.”
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The collection includes 45 of Robin’s watches. “He was a creature of habit, so he’d wear one all the time,” says Marsha.
Director Steven Spielberg gave Robin this pinball machine inspired by their 1991 hit Hook. Robin’s sword and dagger from the film are also for sale.
This toy cable car was a gift from Jonathan Winters, Robin’s comedic mentor and Mork & Mindy co-star from 1981-’82.
This framed, neverreleased poster for his 1993 classic Mrs.Doubtfire is expected to fetch $200 to $300.
Marsha says Yoram Wolberger’s cowboy sculpture reminds her of the “little plastic, badly molded toys Robin played with growing up.”