Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Russell Crowe cashes in at Art of Divorce auction

Russell Crowe cashes in at Art of Divorce auction

The Oscar-winner, who turned 54 yesterday, chose to part with an intriguing mix of possessions including jewellery, artwork and sports memorabilia following his divorce from Danielle Spencer.

A 128-year-old Italian violin that Russell Crowe learned to play in a few months before starring in Master and Commander stole the show among film memorabilia on offer at the Oscar-winning actor's auction.

The New Zealand-born actor appeared at the sale, hearing a rendition of Happy Birthday and three cheers, and saying: "G'day folks, how're you doing?"

"It's been a lot of fun putting it together for you", he told the crowd at the inner-city Carriageworks building.

Before the auction started, Sotheby's predicted the 227 eclectic lots, covering films, guitars, paintings, jewellery, watches and sporting memorabilia, would bring between A$2.6 million and A$3.7 million.

Stunt armor worn by Crowe when his character Maximus died in the film was expected to fetch up to $30,000. "It was made by the patriarch of the company", said Crowe, before the bidders were to hear a recital of a piece from the film by two young musicians. He came to worldwide attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor.

More surprisingly, a costume that he wore in the same 2003 film was not far behind, raking in $115,000.

A leather jockstrap worn by Crowe in the 2005 movie Cinderella Man was won by a telephone bidder for $7000.

One of the most expensive items sold was the 1960 Charles Blackman artwork "The Suitor", which sold for 360,000.

"Look at that, something for everyone", auctioneer Martin Gallon quipped as he opened bidding for a life-sized horse prop that was snapped up for $5500. The Mosasaur dinosaur skull that Crowe purchased from DiCaprio sold for $65,000 AUD or roughly $50,000 Dollars via telephone bid. "Are you having a bit of fun?" It would receive a 22 percent commission, which the buyers have to fork out on top of the bid money.

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