Russell Crowe ‘divorce auction’: Memorabilia sold in Sydney

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Gladiator memorabilia has been a big draw

It’s his 54th birthday, and it would have been his 15th wedding anniversary, so it was time to clear out “stuff”.

Actor Russell Crowe has held his “Art of Divorce” auction – a sort of parting of the wares – in Sydney. He separated from singer Danielle Spencer in 2012.

His torso armour from Gladiator smashed expectations, making A$125,000 ($95,000; £68,000) and the Master and Commander violin also sold well.

There was also fierce competition for his Cinderella Man jockstrap.

It went for A$7,000, more than 10 times the estimate.

The biggest price so far has been A$135,000 for the Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World violin by Leandro Bislach.

The Gladiator replica chariot went for A$65,000, nearly seven times above estimate, but the neo-Nazi boots from Romper Stomper went on estimate at A$10,000.

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?”

He had earlier said the sale was all about moving on – a “watershed moment”.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World memorabilia

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The sale at Sotheby’s was expected to reach $2.3m (£1.6m)

Among the 227 lots of “stuff” (as he calls it) on sale were:

  • Paintings by some of Australia’s most significant historic and modern artists, including Sidney Nolan and Margaret Olley
  • A scarf and a pair of old shoes from State of Play
  • Numerous guitars he’s collected (his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts never won much critical acclaim)
  • A Merc used on his wedding day in 2003
  • A Shane Warne Test cricket jersey
  • The cloth angel doll from The Sum of Us
  • The leather sketchbook from 3:10 to Yuma

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