Russell Crowe holds 'Divorce' auction, sells movie props for nearly $3 million
10 April, 2018, 16:09 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
The 53-year-old Oscar-winning actor is holding an auction of almost three rooms' worth of his belongings through Sotheby'sAustralia, in an auction exhibit he's calling "The Art of Divorce".
'Thanks for making them available - I'll treasure them, ' he said.
"He basically curated it", Cairnduff said. About 200 movie costumes, props from some of his most popular films, including Gladiator, Master and Commander, LA Confidential and The Insider, went under the hammer.
The 54-year-old movie star had chose 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.
The A-lister also sold his vast collection of movie and sports memorabilia, including chariots and swords from Gladiator, boxing gloves and robes from Cinderella Man and clothing from Robin Hood.
A pair of black leather wrist cuffs was snatched for $32,000.
A telephone bidder took home the leather jockstrap Crowe wore in Cinderella Man for $7000.
A collection of vintage guitars at Russell Crowe's divorce auction.
Consisting of 226 items, the sale realised over $3.7 million with 144.5% sold by value.
"As all collectors might do at some time, I have occasionally laughed at myself and wondered if my collecting passion has slipped into hoarding".
The previously unseen Crowe then surfaced from backstage, briefly taking the microphone to greet the audience and introduce the sale of the violin he played in 2003's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, an item he called "very dear to my heart". 'And I thought to myself while I'm in the middle of doing that.
The Australian actor also pointed to a prehistoric Mosasaur skull, purchased from fellow Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio after a night of "way too much vodka" at DiCaprio's house.
Actors and musicians were among interested buyers, including singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran, who meant to bid on the sword Crowe used to fight a tiger in a scene from Gladiator. The couple have two sons, Charles, 14, and Tennyson, 10. It's estimated to fetch up to almost US$77,000 and lists its provenance as "Ms Danielle Spencer, Sydney".
After news of their split surface in 2015, Crowe told The Sunday Times he wouldn't rule out a reconciliation with Danielle.
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