The late Robin Williams has his old possessions auctioned for a great cause
Robin Williams’ August 2014 suicide was devastating to those who knew him best. The legendary actor passed away four years ago in Aug. 2014 at the age of 63. In the hours leading up to what would've been his 67th birthday on July 21, Robin's daughter is honoring him and telling his fans how they too can honor him this year.
"It's that time of year again. Everyone who has dealt with loss knows the pain of certain anniversaries, moments full of memory that come round like clockwork and usurp all others, no matter how hard you may try to prepare for or avoid them," Zelda wrote in a message on Instagram Thursday. "These weeks are the hardest for me, and thus, you'll see me a lot less, if at all."
"For all the internet's good intentions in expressing to me their fondness for dad, it's very overwhelming to have strangers need me to know how much they cared for him right now," she continued. "It's harder still to be expected to reach back. So while I've got the strength, consider this my one open armed response, before I go take my yearly me time to celebrate his and my birthdays in peace. Thank you for loving him. Thank you for supporting him and his life's work. Thank you for missing him. I do too."
Four years after his death in California’s Paradise City, personal belongings, movie memorabilia and art work belong to Robin Williams are to be auctioned in New York.
Auctioning site Sotheby's confirmed that hundreds of items, including paintings by Banksy and up to 40 watches from the Oscar-winning actor’s personal collection, a sculpture by Niki de Sainte Phalle, his personal collection of bicycles and sports memorabilia, furniture and decorative art from their residences.
All will come under the hammer, showcasing the "film and entertainment memorabilia, including autographed scripts, awards, props and wardrobe associated with projects across Marsha’s and Robin’s careers,” Sotheby's write. They will be sold along items belonging to his second wife, the movie producer Marsha Garces Williams, with much of the proceeds going to charities the couple supported.
One item, Deborah Butterfield’s “Madrone (Cody)” sculpture, is estimated to receive bids up to $280,000. Williams was also in possession of the Gryffindor robe that Daniel Radcliffe wore in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, with that piece of movie memorabilia expected to fetch $15,000.
The Crashing a Stage lot will be shown publicly at Sotheby’s in late September prior to its October 4th auction. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit organizations championed by the Williams’, including the Juilliard School, Wounded Warrior Project, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Obviously, not everyone will be able to show their love for the iconic man in the same way but that shouldn't stop you from trying.
"If you'd like to do something in his honor, volunteer at your local homeless shelter, or look up how to make homeless aid backpacks. Give one in his name. He'd have loved that," she wrote. "Otherwise some great orgs he loved include @cafoundation, @dswt and @reevefoundation. Mostly, try to spread some laughter and kindness around. And creatively swear a lot. Everytime you do, somewhere out there in our vast weird universe, he's giggling with you... or giving a particularly fat bumblebee its wings."