Russell Crowe’s Divorce Auction Brings in $37m

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe celebrated the finalization of his divorce from singer Danielle Spencer by auctioning off items from his extensive film career as well as personal possessions this past weekend. The auction, held by Sotheby’s Australia in Sydney, was titled “The Art of Divorce,” and it brought in a total of $37 million.

Among the movie memorabilia sold were items from 2000’s “Gladiator,” including the body armor worn by Maximus, which sold for $125,000 Australian dollars, Maximus’ black leather fist cuffs, which sold for $39,040, and a replica chariot, which sold for $79,300.

Among the most expensive items of the night was a 1890 Milanese violin crafted by master luthier Leandro Bisiach Sr  that was used in the 2003 film “Master and Commander,” which ended up selling for $135,000. Crowe’s uniform from the same film sold for $115,000. Memorabilia from  movies such as “Cinderella Man, “The Insider,” “Mystery, Alaska,” “Les Miserables” and “L.A. Confidential” were also sold.

Crowe also sold off some of his art collection, guitars, motorcycles and a Cretaceous period mosasaur skull  that Russell picked up from Leonardo DiCaprio, which sold for $65,000.

The auction was not only held in the couple’s would-be wedding anniversary, but also’s Crowes 54th birthday. After the auction Crowe Tweeted “In case anyone is interested … $3.7m at the coal face and around $350k of conversations ongoing … and a bunch of stuff I didn’t really want to sell coming home … not a bad hourly rate for a 5 hour shift . Hope you are happy and busy.”

You can see the entire catalogue of items and what they were sold for here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian, The NY Times

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