Russell Crowe's divorce auction rakes in $3.7million

Russell Crowe on Fitzy & Wippa

Promoting his glorified garage sale on Channel 10's The Project, Crowe said he "didn't have to" sell the items because of the divorce, but it was something he "wanted to do" as a collector of many things.

Conveniently falling on the same day as Crowe's 54th birthday and would-be 15th wedding anniversary, the bidding paused to bring out local singer Alisa Nasteski to serenade the star with "Happy Birthday".

The Gladiator replica chariot went for A$65,000 (€40,595), almost seven times above estimate, but the neo-Nazi boots from Romper Stomper went on estimate at A$10,000 (€6,245).

"People just went mad".

Following the auction, Crowe took to Twitter to express his satisfaction with the results, revealing he sold $3.7 million worth of his stuff, with ongoing discussions to sell another $350,000 worth, quipping, "not a bad hourly rate for a 5-hour shift".

Auction house Sotherby's Australia chief executive Gary Singer said the event, which included about 230 items in total, had been a year in the making.

"It's been a lot of fun putting it together for you", he told the crowd at the inner-city Carriageworks building.

Museum director Jamie Bell was thrilled two special items would be in New Zealand for all to enjoy.




In addition to the pricey jock strap, one notable piece was the molded polyurethane "armor" that Crowe wore in Gladiator, which was estimated at $20,000-$30,000, but sold for $125,000.

The Australian actor introduced lot number 31, a late 19-century Leandro Bislach violin that Crowe used in the film Master and Commander.

A range of Australian artwork also attracted high price tags, with various paintings selling for between $70,000 and $360,000.

More surprisingly, a costume that Crowe wore in the same 2003 film was not far behind, raking in 115,000 Australian dollars (£62,635).

He's previously admitted he "didn't really want to sell" his belongings, but most outdid their expected sales so it proved a fruitful decision.

The Oscar-winner, who turned 54 yesterday, made a decision to part with an intriguing mix of possessions including jewellery, artwork and sports memorabilia following his divorce from Danielle Spencer.

A likely cricket tragic paid $52,000 for a life-size bronze statue of Don Bradman but a bunch of cricket memorabilia is still for sale.

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