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[Marx Brothers]
A DAY AT THE RACES (1937) MOVIE POSTER
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
244
[Marx Brothers]
A DAY AT THE RACES (1937) MOVIE POSTER
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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[Marx Brothers]
A DAY AT THE RACES (1937) MOVIE POSTER
Insert (sight: 35 x 13 1/2 in.; 89 x 34.3 cm) artwork by Al Hirschfeld; [with] a signed note from Steven Spielberg on his personal stationary: "Robin, Happy Birthday! Love, Steven"; matted and framed. 
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Provenance

L'Imagerie Gallery 
Steven Spielberg 
Gifted by the above to the present owner in 2004

Catalogue Note

A Day at the Races (MGM, 1937) featured the Marx Brothers — Grouch, Harpo, and Chico in peak form — alongside a young Maureen O'Sullivan as a woman trying to save her medical facility, the Standish Sanitarium, from financial ruin.  

The zany, fast-based humor of the Marx Brothers was a clear influence on Robin Williams. References to the trio can be found in movies such as Aladdin, The Fisher King (his character sings "Lydia the Tattooed Lady," a signature Groucho song) and Patch Adams (Patch shows Marx Brothers films as therapy, stating, "You can never go wrong if you're a Marxist!"), and more. 

Williams and Spielberg worked together on Hook (1991), and A.I. (2001) and maintained a close friendship over the years. Spielberg relied on Williams during the filming of Schindler's List (1993), with Williams regularly performing stand-up over the phone to lighten the director’s mood as he shot his Holocaust epic. As Williams recalled: "I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going ‘thank you.’”

Upon receiving news of his passing, the Oscar-winning director remarked: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him.”

Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams

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New York