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Robin Williams’s eclectic bike collection up for auction

87 bikes go under the hammer in aid of charity

Eighty-seven bikes that belonged to actor and comedian Robin Williams are currently being auctioned online in aid of charity.

The famously cycle-mad Williams – star of the Mork & Mindy TV series and numerous major movies including Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and Mrs Doubtfire – died in 2014 having amassed a huge collection of bikes. 

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As well as being extensive, the range on offer at online auction house Paddle8 is eclectic, to say the least. 

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The most expensive starting bids – US$10,000 – are reserved for a Discovery Channel Limited Edition Trek Madone (above) and a Colnago Master Pista (below).

The carbon-fibre Madone, a replica of one ridden by Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France, has a head badge that’s “embellished with diamonds”.

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The Colnago is also a limited edition with a custom polka dot paint job, a collaboration between Toronto-based bike shop La Carrera and graffiti artist Futura 2000. 

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Unusual items in the collection include a Zipp 2001 (above, built without a seat tube or seatstays), one of many time trial/triathlon bikes on offer...

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...a Schwinn Chopper Hog Roadster (above) with a current high bid (at the time of writing) of US$1,300...

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...and a Schwinn Apple Picker Krate Stingray child’s bike (above) that currently stands at US$2,400.

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Other surprising inclusions are a PiCycle electric bike (above) and a Z Turbo electric scooter (below).

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“Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams was an ardent cyclist and fierce advocate for people with disabilities,” says Paddle8. 

“This auction honours his passions. Bid on a selection of favourites from Williams's personal bicycle collection, donated by his children, in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.”

Auctions end on all bikes at 6pm BST on Tuesday, October 25.

For more info and to place a bid go to https://m.paddle8.com/auction/robin-williams/

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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