Film star makes millions in divorce auction


To finance his divorce from ex-wife Danielle Spencer, Russell Crow auctioned off nearly $4 million worth of his own stuff in an event cleverly titled "The Art of Divorce" on his 54th birthday (and wedding anniversary) this weekend.

Titled The Art of Divorce, the evening featured a surprise appearance by the Oscar-winning actor partway through the sale. "G'day folks, how you doing?"

"I am not in a relationship with this young lady and never have been", Russell Crowe posted.

The auction was held on what would have been Crowe's 15th wedding anniversary with former wife Danielle Spencer and also Crowe's 54th birthday.

One of the most expensive items sold was the 1960 Charles Blackman artwork "The Suitor", which sold for 360,000.

The event was also broadcast on Crowe's Facebook page. Made in Milan in 1890, the instrument took a mid-estimate hammer price of Aus$135,000 (£73,225).

Sotheby's Australia chief executive officer Gary Singer said Crowe was "an avid collector" and had kept the items in his Sydney and rural homes. "In the spirit of moving forward into fresh air, here's a portion of that collection of stuff". The jockstrap sold for $7,000, according to Sotheby's Australia.

Sotheby's said that numerous 227 items on auction, which were pulled from Crowe's film career and personal possessions, sold for well above their estimated value.

The famous breastplate worn by Russell in "Gladiator" sold for a whopping $125,000, while its matching wrist cuffs sold for $32,000, a wooden sword for $20,000 and a metal one for $70,000, $5,000 more than a chariot from the film.

Crossing categories, a mosasaur skull from the late Cretaceous period skull once owned by Leonardo DiCaprio, which was hammered down for Aus$65,000 (£35,260). "Hope you are happy and busy".