Robin Williams loved cycling—he even once gave Conan O'Brien a "ridiculous" bike to cheer him up—and a few weeks before his death, he donated his custom-made Pegoretti bicycle to a charity auction, Page Six reports. At Saturday night's Hotbed Benefit, which raised funds for 10,000 Degrees, a scholarship program for underprivileged college students, the bike sold for $20,000, People reports. That's enough to pay for a year of college for two students.
"I can see him showing off the bicycle he donated to the auction, getting everyone laughing and raising a lot of money for a cause he cared about deeply," says close friend Maxwell Drever, who co-hosted the benefit and whose Drever Family Foundation helps fund the scholarship program. Drever offered a glimpse into Williams' mind of late: "To get Parkinson's, and think that maybe you are losing your voice and that you can't ride a bike..." The bicycle still had mud on the tires from Williams riding it, and a signed Night at the Museum cap was included. (Read more Robin Williams stories.)