Leather jockstrap among movie props sold at Russell Crowe's post-divorce auction

Emmett Rice
April 8, 2018

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

As Crowe told "Good Morning Britain", these possessions "started to feel heavy".

Russell Crowe has celebrated his 54th birthday - and what would have been his 15th wedding anniversary - by holding an "art of Divorce" auction, which included items from some of his most successful movies.

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

An online bidder bought the armour for $125,000 after it was expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000.

The official poster for the auction, aptly titled "The Art of Divorce", features a tuxedo-clad Crowe grinning as he raises a cocktail glass in a toast. (AAP) One of the costumes from the film "Gladiator".

Aside from the rubberised horses and leather jockstrap (used in the 2005 film Cinderella Man), lucky buyers will go home on Saturday with a pair of lovingly used Bauer ice skates (estimate: US$300 to US$615), a full outfit worn by Captain Jack Aubrey in the 2003 movie Master and Commander (US$19,000 to US$26,800), and a leather sketchbook used by Crowe's character Ben Wade in the 2007 movie 3:10 to Yuma (US$270 to US$350).

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Guests were treated to a recital of a piece from Master and Commander by Australian Youth Orchestra musician Bridget O'Donnell.

Clients shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a mix of 227 intriguing items up for grabs at the event held at Carriageworks, a railyard-turned-art center. It will be sold with a letter from Russell Crowe "stating his ownership".

"Look at that, something for everyone", auctioneer Martin Gallon quipped.

A leather crotch protector worn by Crowe in his portrayal of heavyweight boxing champion James J Braddock in Cinderella Man sold for $7,000 (£3,821).

The Australian actor also pointed to a Mosasaur skull, purchased from fellow Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio after a night of "way too much vodka" at DiCaprio's house. It would receive a 22 percent commission, which the buyers have to fork out on top of the bid money.

Actor Russell Crowe's Roman chariot from the 2000 movie, Gladiator.

"Part of that collector's passion is actually an excitement-that the next person who comes along and has the custodianship of a particular item is going to enjoy it and love it as much as I do".

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