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Russell Crowe's divorce auction wins big with Master and Commander memorabilia

Russell Crowe's divorce auction wins big with Master and Commander memorabilia

Actor Russell Crowe celebrated his 54th birthday on Saturday with an "Art of Divorce" auction in Sydney to clear out "stuff" that were part of his divorce settlement. 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 auction followed Crowe finalising his divorce in December last year after nine years of marriage.

Crowe's brown leather jockstrap, or boxer's protector, from the film "Cinderella Man", estimated to fetch 500 to $600, was sold for a whopping $7,000.

The auction, titled "The Art of Divorce" to mark Crowe's finalisation of his is real-life divorce from Danielle Spencer, brought in a total of just over $3.7 million.

A buyer parted with $125,000 for the stunt cuirass worn by Crowe when his character Maximus died, while a replica Roman chariot went for $65,000.

Aubrey's dress blues costume sold for more than three times its pre-auction expectation when it went for $115,000.




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

Some of Crowe's collection of artwork also went under the hammer with "The Suitor" by Australian painter Charles Blackman going for Aus$360,000, along with jewellery he had given to his ex-wife actress Danielle Spencer and sports memorabilia. A mounted dinosaur skull of a mosasaur, found in Kansas, is expected to net between$35,000 and $40,000.

Included in the auction, viewed by hundreds live on social media, was a New Zealand test cricket "200 Club" cricket bat, the bat used to score Crowe's 17th test century and his signed New Zealand 1992 World Cup cap and shirt - that had a winning bid of $6000.

"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".

A pair of 18th century dueling pistols fetched $26,000 or roughly $20,000 United States dollars, and a 2001 Mercedes S-Class that served as a wedding auto in Crowe's April 2003 nuptials to Spencer - and has more than 62,000 miles - sold for $28,000 AUD or roughly $21,000 USD. The pair got married in 2003 and separated in 2012. Its telephone bidder is unknown.


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