Russell Crowe 'Divorce Auction': Memorabilia Up For Grabs In Sydney

Russell Crowe Is Selling a Skull, Jockstrap and More at His Divorce Auction

Crowe's brown leather jockstrap, or boxer's protector, from the film "Cinderella Man", estimated to fetch 500 to $600, was sold for a whopping $7,000.

But there was also some top-notch Australian art on show from artists such as Sidney Nolan and Margaret Olley.

Crowe who died two years ago is still regarded by many as this country's greatest test batsman.

Actor Russell Crowe arrives for the Australian premiere of his movie "The Mummy" in Sydney.

The famous breastplate worn by Russell in "Gladiator" sold for a whopping $125k (£88.7k), while its matching wrist cuffs sold for $32k (£22.7k), a wooden sword for $20k (£14.2k) and a metal one for $70k (£49.7k), $5k more than a chariot from the film.

A collection of vintage guitars at Russell Crowe's divorce auction.

Walking past a massive, life-size bronze statue of Donald Bradman ("The Don"), an Australian cricketer known for his batsmanship (estimate: US$50,000 to US$60,000), Crowe comes to a wall-mounted collection of memorabilia.

Auction house Sotheby's reported many items sold for well above their estimated value, including a pair of metal cuffs the Oscar victor wore in Gladiator, which was valued at up to $1,535 but sold for $29,974.

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He called for the auction of an 1890 Italian violin created by Leandro Bisiach Snr, which Crowe bought after being disappointed with his prop violin in the film "Master and Commander".

"Divorce has its way of making you really examine the things that are essential in life - and the things that are not", Crowe said in a statement announcing the auction, reports the Daily Mail.

"Career stuff, stuff I've collected, and stuff in general".

"It's been sitting in my office since 2002 when I finished the film, gathering dust and staring at me accusingly because I always thought I would keep playing", Crowe said.

"For some reason early in the morning, a cheque was written and I was so gleeful to take a dinosaur ... skull home to my children", he said, raising his hands in feigned disbelief. The couple have two sons, Charles, 14, and Tennyson, 10. "It was Crowe mania", Sotheby's Australia chief executive Gary Singer told the Seven Network on Sunday.

Russell recently revealed the motivation behind the sale was his divorce from Danielle Spencer, which was finalised last year, five years after they split.

"Once I commit to something, I stick with it, so you never know..."

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