‘Not a Bad Hourly Rate.’ Russell Crowe Reels in Millions in 5 Hours With Divorce Auction

April 7, 2018, 6:30 PM UTC
Russell Crowe Auction Gladiator Suit
A costume from 'Gladiator' at the 'Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce Auction' in Sydney on April 7, 2018. Ben Rushton—EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock
Ben Rushton—EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

An auction of Russell Crowe’s personal memorabilia raked in millions for the actor on Saturday.

The auction, titled the “Art of Divorce” took place on April 7, the date of both Crowe’s birthday and his wedding anniversary.

Hence the theme of the event, which included 227 pieces of memorabilia from Crowe’s private collection that ranged from guitars and paintings to watches, movie props, and costumes.

Items like a leather boxer’s protector worn by the actor during his portrayal of heavyweight champion James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man reeled in AU$7,000 (about $5,400), while the 128-year-old violin the actor played in Master and Commander brought in AU$125,000 (about $104,000), making it the highest price for the movie-related items on display at the auction.

A replica Roman chariot sold for AU$65,000 (about $50,000) while the torso the actor wore in his Oscar-winning hit Gladiator sold for AU$125,000 (about $96,000).

The date of the auction, held by Sotheby’s Australia, falls on the anniversary of Crowe’s wedding to singer Danielle Spencer. The pair split in 2012 and finalized their divorce last year, with Crowe hosting the event as a way to get rid of items he no longer needed.

Those items brought him in an estimated AU$3.7 million (over $2.8 million), while potential sales of another AU$350,000 (about $270,000) were still under negotiation, the actor Tweeted after the five-hour auction.