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The Collection of Marsha & Robin Williams Totals $6.1 Million at Sotheby's New York

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    The Collection of Marsha & Robin Williams Totals $6.1 Million at Sotheby's New York
    06.10.2018

THE COLLECTION OF MARSHA & ROBIN WILLIAMS TOTALS $6.1 MILLION AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

Film and Entertainment Memorabilia Led by the Watercolor from the Therapist’s Office in Good Will Hunting, Sold for $90,000

Fine Art Highlighted by Strong Prices for Street Art, Including Banksy’s Happy Choppers from 2006, Sold for $735,000

45 Wristwatches from Robin’s Personal Collection Are 100% Sold | Total $445,000 Including His Watch from Dead Poets Society that Fetched $32,500

2,000+ Collectors & Admirers Register to Bid in Today’s Sale

NEW YORK, 4 October 2018 – Today at Sotheby’s New York, our dedicated auction Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams achieved $6.1 million, exceeding its high estimate of $4.6 million with an exceptional 95.1% of all lots finding buyers. The 300+ works on offer spanned the diverse interests and careers of beloved entertainer Robin Williams and his wife of 20 years, film producer and philanthropist Marsha Garces Williams – all reflecting their shared passion for collecting. The auction offered insight into the character of a much-loved, unfettered talent, and a fun-filled family life.

A portion of the proceeds from today’s auction will benefit organizations championed by the couple, including Human Rights Watch, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Challenged Athletes Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Wounded Warrior Project. Proceeds from the sale will also help establish a permanent Robin Williams Scholarship Fund at The Juilliard School in New York.

Nina del Rio, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, commented: “Today’s sale invited collectors and admirers to share in the extraordinary lives of Marsha and Robin Williams, and bidders from every corner of the globe competed for every part of the collection – from street art and outsider art to film memorabilia, watches, toys and more. Some of Sotheby’s most exciting sales introduce the world to a relatively unknown side of an otherwise well-known persona, and it has been a true privilege to present works from the Williams Collection that did just that.”

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
FILM & ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA

The significant selection of film and entertainment memorabilia on offer featured material associated with projects spanning both Marsha’s and Robin’s careers in film and television. The most highly-sought-after piece of memorabilia in the sale was the original watercolor from the set of Good Will Hunting – painted by the film’s director Gus Van Sant and inscribed to Robin – which achieved $90,000 (estimate $1/1,500). Displayed in the office of Robin’s therapist character Sean Maguire, the present watercolor served as the focal point of Will Hunting’s first therapy session with Sean – arguably one of the most significant scenes in the film.

The selection of over 40 awards and certificates from the collection were led by Robin’s Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Good Morning Vietnam (1987), which sold for $27,500 (estimate $15/20,000). Bidders also heavily competed for a number of movie props, including a Prop Sword and Prop Dagger from Hook, which sold for $17,500 (estimate $1/2,000) and $4,750 (estimate $300/500), respectively.

FINE ART
Today’s auction was led by Adolf Wölfli’s masterpiece Der San Salvathor, which sold for $795,000 (estimate $150/200,000). While working in New York, Marsha spotted the piece in Phyllis Kind’s gallery while searching for a birthday gift for Robin. The Williams’ collection of Street Art performed particularly well throughout the morning session, with five works each selling for $100,000 or more. Leading the group was Banksy’s largescale Happy Choppers from 2006, which achieved $735,000 (estimate $400/600,000). The collection boasted a number of monumental outdoor sculptures, including works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Yoshitomo Nara and Deborah Butterfield. These pieces were led by Abakanowicz’s Caminando (20 Walking Figures), which sold for $471,000 (estimate $400/600,000).

WATCHES FROM ROBIN’S PERSONAL COLLECTION
All 45 wristwatches on offer from Robin’s personal collection were sold, totaling $445,000 – double the group’s high estimate. The collection was led by a Fine White Gold Tonneau-Form Minute Repeating Tourbillon Wristwatch Ref 6850 by Franck Muller, circa 1998, which achieved $52,500 (estimate $25/35,000). The selection also featured the Hamilton Watch Co. Wristwatch that Robin wore in the film Dead Poets Society, which was engraved on the back Robin Williams Dead Poet Society 1988 and presented to the actor after filming completed. The watch, which had been estimated to sell for $1/2,000, fetched $32,500.






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Lot 20 Shepard Fairey Arab Woman signed and dated 06 stencil, silkscreen and painted printed-paper, collage on canvas 96 x 120 in.; 243.8 x 304.8 cm. Estimate $70/90,000 Sold for $112,500
Lot 9 Banksy Chris with Shopping Bags signed, dated 04 and numbered 75/82 screenprint in colors on wove paper 27 1/4 x 19 1/2 in.; 69.2 x 50 cm Executed in 2004, this work is number 75 from an edition of 82. Estimate $15/20,000 Sold for $100,000


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  • Lot 34 Adolf Wölfli Der San Salvathor graphite, colored pencil and crayon on paper 58 1/2 x 83 in.; 148.6 x 210.8 cm Executed in 1926.  Estimate $150/200,000 Sold for $795,000
    Lot 34 Adolf Wölfli Der San Salvathor graphite, colored pencil and crayon on paper 58 1/2 x 83 in.; 148.6 x 210.8 cm Executed in 1926.  Estimate $150/200,000 Sold for $795,000
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  • Lot 13 Banksy Happy Choppers stenciled with the artists name; signed, dated 2006 and numbered 1/3 on the overlap spray paint and emulsion on canvas 49⅞ x 72 in.; 126.7 x 182.9 cm. Executed in 2006, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3. Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $735,000
    Lot 13 Banksy Happy Choppers stenciled with the artists name; signed, dated 2006 and numbered 1/3 on the overlap spray paint and emulsion on canvas 49⅞ x 72 in.; 126.7 x 182.9 cm. Executed in 2006, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3. Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $735,000
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  • Lot 27 Magdalena Abakanowicz Caminando (20 Walking Figures) incised with the artist's signature, foundry mark and date 1998/99 on the interior of various figures  bronze, in 20 parts each figure: 68 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.; 174 x 69.9 x 50.2 cm Executed in 1998-1999, this work is unique.  Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $471,000
    Lot 27 Magdalena Abakanowicz Caminando (20 Walking Figures) incised with the artist's signature, foundry mark and date 1998/99 on the interior of various figures  bronze, in 20 parts each figure: 68 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.; 174 x 69.9 x 50.2 cm Executed in 1998-1999, this work is unique.  Estimate $400/600,000 Sold for $471,000
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  • Lot 5 Niki de Saint-Phalle Le poète et sa muse acrylic on polyester resin 94 x 56 x 22 in.; 238.8 x 142.2 x 55.9 cm. Executed in 1973. Estimate $350/450,000 Sold for $399,000
    Lot 5 Niki de Saint-Phalle Le poète et sa muse acrylic on polyester resin 94 x 56 x 22 in.; 238.8 x 142.2 x 55.9 cm. Executed in 1973. Estimate $350/450,000 Sold for $399,000
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  • Lot 4 Yoshitomo Nara Puff Marshie (Hirosaki Version / Shanghai Version) urethane on fiber reinforced plastic 59 x 118 in.; 150 x 300 cm Executed in 2006, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3, plus 1 artist's proof.  Estimate $300/400,000 Sold for $300,000
    Lot 4 Yoshitomo Nara Puff Marshie (Hirosaki Version / Shanghai Version) urethane on fiber reinforced plastic 59 x 118 in.; 150 x 300 cm Executed in 2006, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3, plus 1 artist's proof.  Estimate $300/400,000 Sold for $300,000
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  • Lot 28 Deborah Butterfield Madrone (Cody) cast bronze 88½ x 96 x 62 in.; 224.8 x 243.8 x 157.5 cm. Executed in 2000, this work is unique. Estimate $220/280
    Lot 28 Deborah Butterfield Madrone (Cody) cast bronze 88½ x 96 x 62 in.; 224.8 x 243.8 x 157.5 cm. Executed in 2000, this work is unique. Estimate $220/280
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  • Lot 10 Banksy Heavy Weaponry stenciled with the artist’s name on the right overturn; numbered 10/25 on the stretcher spray paint on canvas 12 x 12 in.; 30.5 x 30.5 cm Executed in 2004, this work is number 10 from an edition of 25.  Estimate $50/70,000 Sold for $137,500
    Lot 10 Banksy Heavy Weaponry stenciled with the artist’s name on the right overturn; numbered 10/25 on the stretcher spray paint on canvas 12 x 12 in.; 30.5 x 30.5 cm Executed in 2004, this work is number 10 from an edition of 25.  Estimate $50/70,000 Sold for $137,500
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