The Robin Williams and the Frank J. Caufield Collections Come to Auction at Clars on April 19th, 2020

08 Apr

Oakland, CA –Clars Auction Gallery is proud to announce that the gallery will be presenting the celebrity collection of Robin Williams in the upcoming April 19th auction. This extraordinary collection is a reflection of the late comedian/actor’s interests and career, including a passion for contemporary art. 

Click to read the Mercury News Article on Robin Williams Collection

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Donald Roller Wilson
“Shirley’s Friend Waited for Shirley but She Never Came”
$10,000-15,000
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Kim Cogan
“Ducks in a Row”
Estimate: $6,000-9,000
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Featuring prominently in the sale is a Toshikazu Nozaka (Japanese, 20th century), “Gray Wave,” 2000, acrylic and ink on canvas, expected to bring $4,000-6000. Lastly, there will be a Mihail Chemiakin (Russian/American, b. 1943), Untitled, 1987, ink on mylar estimated at $4,000-6,000.

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Toshikazu Nozaka
“Gray Wave”
Estimate: $4,000-6,000
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Williams’ collection is not limited to fine art alone, but his eclectic property also features numerous decorative art pieces. A small English orrery circa 1800 will be offered with an estimate of $7,000-10,000. There are several whimsical pieces including a small taxidermy monkey. Robin Williams’ fans will recall the late comedian’s connection to Crystal a screen monkey who costarred with Robin Williams in Night at the Museum. Robin celebrated his final birthday with Crystal the monkey, posing with her on his 63rd birthday on July 21st, 2014. 

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Taxidermy monkey
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The first installment of the Robin Williams Collection will be presented in conjunction with Clars April 19th, 2020 Fine Art, Decorative Arts, Furnishings, Jewelry and Asian Art and Antiques Auction.

Another major estate to be offer in Clars online only April 19th auction will be the property of Frank J. Caufield (San Francisco, CA). Mr. Caufield was one of the founding partners of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers. 

The highlights of his extensive and varied collection include a Greek Corinthian form bronze helmet, 7th Century B.C., estimated at $20,000-40,000. 

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Greek Corinthian form bronze helmet
Estimate: $20,000-40,000
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Also to be offered is a Japanese cloisonne enamel palace vase, from the Meiji period. At the large size of 57.5″h, the piece is estimated conservatively at $3,000-5,000. A wonderful Persian Nain silk carpet will also be offered. 

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Japanese cloisonne enamel palace vase, Meiji period
Estimate: $3,000-5,000
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Several investment level art works from the Caufield collection will be included such as a David Bates (American, b. 1952), “Coffee,” 1992, oil on canvas valued at $10,000-20,000, and a Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), “Sarah Vaughan,” 1963, watercolor and pencil on paper estimated at $2,000-4,000. Both of these exceptional paintings were acquired by Mr. Caufield from the John Berggruen Gallery (San Francisco).

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David Bates
“Coffee”
Estimate: $10,000-20,000
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The April 19th, 2020 sale will also present to the market highly significant works by renowned artists and designers spanning the categories of Fine Art, Decorative Arts & Furnishings, Jewelry and Asian Antiques and Art. We are excited about the current online auction market. Since many people find themselves at home, we are experiencing an influx in views to our online catalogs. We are proud to share that our online only March 21-22 auction was our second strongest March sale in five years. The April auction will be one to watch as the important investment level property to be offered will draw highly competitive bidding from the global market.

Fine Art

Also being featured are two watercolors by Sir William Russell Flint (British, 1880-1969), “Mending the Church Chairs, Laigueglia, Liguria (1927)” estimated at $12,000-15,000, and “Maid and Mistress” estimated at $6,000-9,000. Both of these rare works epitomize Flint’s skill in depicting the female form. Ten (10%) of the sale price for these lots will be donated to the Berkeley Free Clinic, providers of free health care in the East Bay for those most in need during the current health crisis.

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Sir William Russell Flint
“Mending the Church Chairs, Laigueglia, Liguria (1927)”
Estimate: $12,000-15,000
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Decorative Arts & Furnishings

There will be several 20th Century Design highlights in our upcoming online only April auction including a Tiffany Studios leaded glass Pomegranate table lamp, estimated at $8,000-12,000. 

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Tiffany Studios leaded glass Pomegranate table lamp
Estimate: $8,000-12,000
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Also to be offered, is a pair of John Dickinson (American, 1920-1982) African Tables valued at $4,000-6,000, a George Nakashima (1905-1990) Cushion chair estimated at $4,000-6,000, a T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb coffee table, model 1759, and a rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Morris chair, model 5420.

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John Dickinson
African Tables
Estimate: $4,000-6,000
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For celebrity collectors, Clars will be offering an ebonized and scenic decorated baby grand piano depicting scenes of The Grand Tour, ostensibly from the Hillsborough, CA residence of the late Mr. Bing Crosby, expected to sell for $3,000-5,000. 

Jewelry & Timepieces

There will also be a collection of fine gemstone, diamond and gold jewelry.

Bidding for Clars’ online only April 19th auction is available by phone, absentee bid, and live online at Live.Clars.com and through Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Clars Auction Gallery is located at 5644 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Clars Auction Gallery is based in Oakland (CA) and is the largest full service auction gallery in the Western United States. Clars Auction Gallery has been the chosen auction gallery of a number of institutions and distinguished private collectors across the country including the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Thomas J. Perkins Estate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).

In the last 5 years, Clars Auction Gallery has sold over $105,000,000 of Fine Art, Furnishings, Jewelry, Vehicles and Collectibles and has set multiple new world auction records. Follow Clars on Facebook and Twitter!

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