Crowe nets millions from divorce auction

Russell Crowe on Fitzy & Wippa

Among the purged: the much-marveled at suede and elastic groin protector worn by Crowe in 2005's Cinderella Man, which sold for $7,000 AUD or roughly $5,400 United States dollars via telephone bid, far exceeding its $500-600 AUD estimation.

"It's been a lot of fun putting it together for you", he told bidders, adding that the violin, which he used during filming of the 2003 movie "Master and Commander", was "very dear to my heart".

Replica Roman chariot from Gladiator - $65,000.

Some of the other most hotly-contested film items were Gladiator costumes, including a stunt cuirass worn by Russell when his character Maximus died.

Hollywood star Crowe and his soon-to-be ex-wife Danielle Spencer, a singer and actress, partnered up with Sotheby's Australia to promote private gadgets with a complete worth of between $2.6m (£1.4m) and $3.7m (£2m).

Actor Russell Crowe celebrated his 54th birthday on Saturday with an "Art of Divorce" auction in Sydney to clear out "stuff" that were part of his divorce settlement.

Among the biggest selling items, the 128-year-old Italian violin he learned to play before he starred in the 19th century war drama Master And Commander. The costume he wore for that same movie wasn't far behind, sold for $115,000.

Numerous items far exceeded the expectations of auction house Sotheby's Australia, including costumes and props from the 2000 movie Gladiator.

Crowe also parted with a collection of artwork, including the 1960 Charles Blackman work "The Suitor", which sold for $360,000.

Russell told the boys they aren't the only Go Fund Me Page trying to secure the Gladiotor chariot, as reported in radioinfo yesterday - there are a group of history teachers also trying to buy it.

Another bidder paid $70,000 for a prop aluminium sword and spare blade, while Crowe's crew pass from the Gladiator set sold for more than 10 times its starting estimated price.

Singer said a handful of items were passed in, namely a Grammy won by Johnny Cash and others in 1986 and a 2008 customised South Sydney Rabbitohs chopper motorcycle.

"As all collectors might do at some time, I have occasionally laughed at myself and wondered if my collecting passion has slipped into hoarding".

"Look at that, something for everyone", auctioneer Martin Gallon quipped as he opened bidding for a life-sized horse prop that was snapped up for $5500.

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