Russell Crowe 'divorce' auction rakes in over $2.8 million dollars

Russell Crowe

The auction, which featured the sale of movie memorabilia, Australian art, musical instruments, his ex wife's jewellery and cars, saw Crowe net a staggering $3.7million.

The auction, fittingly, took place on the Oscar-winner's 54th birthday and the anniversary of his wedding to Danielle Spencer, whom he married in 2003 (they separated in 2012).

A replica Roman chariot, thought to be worth up to AU$10,000, was sold for AU$65,000.

"People just went mad".

"He had rooms full of items and many items in storage", Singer added. "It was Crowe mania", Sotheby's Australia chief executive Gary Singer told the Seven Network on Sunday.

Museum director Jamie Bell was thrilled two special items would be in New Zealand for all to enjoy.

Sotheby's Australia had estimated that the stunt cuirass worn in the 2000 blockbuster would fetch between AU$20,000 and AU$30,000 (£11-16,000).

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




While six-figure sums were dropped for a handful of artworks - including $360,000 for a 1960 Charles Blackman - other items were far less orthodox.

A share of the profit will go to Martin's daughter Emma, 15, as Russell promised his cousin if he ever sold the gear for more than than what he paid for it he would share the profit with Martin.

More surprisingly, a costume that Crowe wore in the same 2003 film was not far behind, raking in 115,000 Australian dollars (£62,635).

A bunch of cricket memorabilia is also still for sale.

A leather-based crotch protector worn by Crowe in his portrayal of heavyweight boxing champion James J Braddock in Cinderella Man bought for $7,000 (£3,821).

A 1986 Grammy Award that was jointly presented to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Moman sold for $150,000. The items had an 85 percent clearance rate, and all winning bids were topped with a 22 percent commission fee.

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.

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