Russell Crowe is now $3.7 million wealthier after selling off an array of personal possessions and memorabilia from his movies in his “The Art of Divorce” auction, held in Sydney, Australia.
The auction, fittingly, took place on the Oscar-winner’s 54th birthday and the anniversary of his wedding to Danielle Spencer, whom he married in 2003 (they separated in 2012).
“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.
“Through the process I had a look around and realized I had a lot of stuff,” he added. “Career stuff, stuff I’ve collected, and stuff in general. Boxes and boxes of stuff… so in the spirit of moving forward into fresh air, here’s a portion of that collection of stuff.”
Among the pricier “stuff” that was snapped up: the armour he wore for his Oscar-winning role in “Gladiator”, valued at between $20,000-$30,000, was purchased for AU$135,000 (the Australian dollar is nearly on par with the Canadian dollar), while the rare 128-year-old Leandro Bislach violin he played in “Master and Commander” sold for AU$135,000. The costume he wore for that same movie wasn’t far behind, sold for $115,000.
The most expensive item sold was a 1960 painting by Charles Blackman, titled “The Suitor”, which fetched UA$360,000.
Perhaps the strangest item sold was a used jockstrap that Crowe wore while portraying boxer James J. Braddock in “Cinderella Man”, which wound up selling for a surprising $7,000.
“I put it in the collection as a piece of whimsy and a bit of a gag,” said the actor in a clip from “Good Morning Britain” (below). “Funny enough, it’s garnered a lot of attention.”
Following the auction, Crowe took to Twitter to express his satisfaction with the results, revealing he sold $3.7 million worth of his stuff, with ongoing discussions to sell another $350,000 worth, quipping, “not a bad hourly rate for a 5-hour shift.”