Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Russell Crowe holds 'Divorce' auction, sells movie props for nearly $3 million

Piers Morgan secretly bids on two major items from Russell Crowe's 'Art of Divorce' auction -spending $14500 on a Russell Crowe's Divorce Auction Rakes in $2.8 Million, Sees Frenzied Bidding for 'Gladiator' Items
Lillian Steele | 09 April, 2018, 00:44

Russell Crowe's divorce auction has won big after his movie memorabilia raked in more money than experts expected. In an interview with Page Six, Sotheby's Australia Head of Arts and Design, Guy Cairnduff, said Crowe was intimately involved with the design of the auction.

The 54-year-old movie star had made a decision to auction off some of his most prized possessions, including iconic memorabilia, costumes and props from his Hollywood career, as a way of marking his split from Danielle Spencer in 2012.

There were also unusual items such as a plaster cast of Muhammad Ali's face, a life size prop of a horse and a brown leather jockstrap worn by Crowe in Cinderella Man with a winning bid of $7000.

The pair sold for AU$10,000, while Sotheby's anticipated between AU$10,000 and AU$15,000.

The auction opened on Saturday, which is his wedding anniversary and is also his 54th birthday, months after he finalised his divorce that leaves Danielle with their $11 million house and a rumoured $20 million payout.

In addition to the pricey jock strap, one notable piece was the molded polyurethane "armor" that Crowe wore in Gladiator, which was estimated at $20,000-$30,000, but sold for $125,000.

All winning bids attracted a 22 percent commission.

The Australian actor introduced lot number 31, a late 19-century Leandro Bislach violin that Crowe used in the film Master and Commander.

"It's been a lot of fun putting it together for you", he told bidders, adding that the violin, which he used during filming of the 2003 movie "Master and Commander", was "very dear to my heart".

More surprisingly, a costume that Crowe wore in the same 2003 movie wasn't far behind, raking in AU$115,000.

His Master and Commander "dress blues" costume later fetched $115,000 AUD or $88,000 United States dollars.

Crowe suggested, in the tradition of classical instruments, it could be given to a talented young musician such as Ms O'Donnell to be played in halls around the world.

A piece called The Suitor by Charles Blackman fetched $A360,000. The Mosasaur dinosaur skull that Crowe purchased from DiCaprio sold for $65,000 AUD or roughly $50,000 Dollars via telephone bid.

IN CASE YOU weren't aware, Russell Crowe is divorcing his wife, Danielle Spencer.

Spencer auctioned off a number of diamond rings and other jewellery.

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