Russell Crowe holds ‘divorce auction’
Posted on 04/25/20 7:42 PM
Gladiator star Russell Crowe is auctioning his possessions, including a full-size replica chariot.A multimillion-dollar auction of Russell Crowe’s prized possessions will be “cathartic” for the Oscar-winning actor, who is using the event to deal with his divorce from Danielle Spencer.
An eclectic mix of movie memorabilia, n art, musical instruments, jewellery and sporting collectibles will be up for grabs on Saturday, which also marks Crowe’s birthday and wedding anniversary.
The actor stands to make anywhere between $2.6 to $3.7 million from the Sydney auction, where the priciest item – the 1986 Grammy Award presented to Johnny Cash – is estimated to sell for up to $300,000.
Auction house Sotherby’s CEO Gary Singer says the event, titled ‘The Art of Divorce’, has been a year in the making and was devised by Crowe as a way to deal with the end of his nine-year marriage to Spencer, following their separation in 2012.
“It’s cathartic having a bit of a clean-out,” Mr Singer told AAP.
“(Crowe) said, ‘It’s a watershed moment in my life. I need to deal with it in some way, to understand.'”
The actor says the “highly personal collection” began many years ago, with many of the 227 items listed collected during his marriage to Spencer.
“I am not sure when the collecting bug took hold. Maybe as a child with coins, or maybe with stamps, or maybe at around 11, with football cards,” the actor said in a statement.
As part of the sale, the actor will part with numerous artworks, 28 watches and 19 varieties of diamond jewellery.
Some of the auction’s unique items include a fully-functioning replica Roman chariot from the film Gladiator (2000), along with two life-size prop horses used during its production.
The 53-year-old attributes his roots as a musician for the 19 guitars and three violins listed.
As a music aficionado, Crowe was unhappy with his prop violin when he played Captain Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander (2003), so he went and bought a violin dated 1890 and created by Leandro Bisiach Snr.
“It’s the one Aubrey would have liked to own,” Mr Singer said of the violin, which is estimated to sell for at least $110,000.
Crowe said the violin “should be played rather than just sitting accusingly across from me in my office gathering dust”.