Robin Williams collection gets rave reviews at Clars

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Donald Roller Wilson (American, b. 1938-), ‘Shirley’s Friend Waited for Shirley but She Never Came,’ 1985. Price realized: $20,000. Clars image

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Robin Williams and Frank J. Caufield estates stole the show in Clars’ April 19 auction. The eclectic collections certainly commanded the attention of bidders from across the globe. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Highlights from the Robin William collection included Donald Roller Wilson’s Shirley’s Friend Waited for Shirley but She Never Came, 1985, which soared above the high estimate to realize $20,000.

Also featuring prominently into the sale was the collection of Frank J. Caufield of San Francisco). Caufield was one of the founding partners of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers. Particularly exciting was David Bates’ (American, b. 1952), Coffee, 1992, oil on canvas, which sold for $15,000. A Paul Wonner (American, 1920-2008) watercolor titled Sarah Vaughan, 1963, watercolor and pencil on paper, brought $4,687. Both of these exceptional paintings were acquired by Caufield from the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco.

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David Bates (American, b. 1952), ‘Coffee,’ 1992, oil on canvas. Price realized: $15,000. Clars image

A Kim Cogan (American, 20th century) oil on panel titled Ducks in a Row, 2007, brought $9,375.

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Kim Cogan (American, 20th century), ‘Ducks in a Row,’ 2007, oil on panel, signed, titled, and dated verso. Price realized: $9,357. Clars image

“It is an exciting time to be involved in the auction industry. We are seeing strong sell-through rates across the board, with a rise in views to our online catalogs, which ultimately leads to increased prices realized,” said Rick Unruh, president and CEO of Clars Auction Gallery.

There were several major decorative arts items offered from the Frank J. Caufield collection, including a Greek Corinthian-form bronze helmet, seventh century B.C., which realized $37,500.

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Greek Corinthian-form bronze helmet seventh century B.C. Price realized: $37,500. Clars image

A small English orrery from the estate of Robin Williams collection commanded $8,750.

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A small English orrery, circa 1800, with printed label, ‘designed for the New Portable Orrery by W. Jones and made and sold by W.& S. Jones,’ the hand-cranked and geared tellarium mechanism demonstrates the movement of the Earth, Moon and planets around the Sun. Price realized: $8,750. Clars image

“Clars is grateful that the Robin Williams Estate was so well received, and we will certainly be excited about the remainder of the estate to be offered,” noted Deric Torres, senior vice president at Clars.

There will be additional property offered from the Caufield and Williams estates in Clars’ auction May 17.

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