The armor that actor Russell Crowe wore in his Oscar award-winning role in the “Gladiator” movie sold at auction for AU $125,000 (US $ 96,000), far more than expected.
Sotby’s auction house estimated that the armor from that movie could be sold for between AU $20,000 and $30,000.
Crowe organized an auction for his 54th birthday in Sydney, judging it was time to “clear things up.” He called the auction “The Art of Divorce” and is part of a divorce deal with former spouse Danielle Spencer, from which he separated in 2012 after nine years of marriage.
Items for sale were not limited to memories from movies or marriage. There were also Rolex watches, art paintings, skates, motorcycles and many other things.
At the auction were offered armor and other props from the film “Gladiator”, items from the movie “Master and Warlords”, guitars, top-class Australian art and his neonacist boots from “Romper Stomper”.
Most of the props from his films sold at the auction exceeded the estimate.
A cheerful Crowe made an appearance after singer Alisa Nasteski sang Happy Birthday and the crowd gave him three cheers immediately before Lot 31, a violin by Leandro Bislach, sold for AU$135,000. The violin, used by Crowe when he played Captain Jack Aubrey in the 2003 movie “Master and Commander,” was the most expensive sale in the early part of the night and was likely to bring the highest price of the auction.