Russell Crowe auction makes 3.7 million

Russell Crowe auction makes 3.7 million

Kerry Wise
April 9, 2018

The bat was one of 227 items sold at Russell Crowe's "The Art of Divorce" auction - a sort of parting of the wares - in Sydney.

The Jonah Lomu signed jersey was given a pre-sale estimation price of between $3,000 and $4,000 (£1,635 - £2,180).

While a breastplate from his film Gladiator went for $125,000, a replica Roman chariot from the same movie sold for $65,000.

'When I went through the list of auctions items, I realised there were two I just had to have. "It was Crowe mania", Singer told the Seven Network on Sunday.

"In a tweet, Crowe crowed of his earnings, ". not a bad hourly rate for a 5 hour shift", before wishing fans a "happy and busy" day.

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.

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

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He then urged bidders wanting to buy an 1890 violin used in 2003 drama Master And Commander to 'lend it to a young musician so it carries on and starts to play in the concert halls around the world'. Although his divorce from Danielle Spencer was a year ago, today would have been the couple's 15th wedding anniversary.

A bunch of cricket memorabilia is also still for sale. The costume he wore for that same movie wasn't far behind, sold for $115,000.

Other impressive lots? A painting called "The Suitor" by Australian modern artist Charles Blackman for $360,000 AUD or roughly $276,000 Dollars.

Music lovers in attendance were catered for with the collection of high-end guitars on offer, and also the 1986 Grammy Award which was jointly presented to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Mosman which sold for $150,000.

A leather boxer's protector, worn by Crowe when he played heavyweight champion James J Braddock in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man", estimated to bring between AU$500 and AU$600, sold for AU$7,000 after intense bidding.

While the violin was close to the top of Sotheby's Australia's valuation, the winning bid for character Captain Jack Aubrey's dress uniform exceeded the auctioneer's hopes by 80,000 Australian dollars (£43,572).