Russell Crowe's 'Gladiator' armor sells for $96K at auction

Howard TerryApr 08, 2018

Hence the theme of the event, which included 227 pieces of memorabilia from Crowe's private collection that ranged from guitars and paintings to watches, movie props, and costumes.

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".

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe showed up at an eclectic auction of some of his prized possessions and film memorabilia in Sydney on Saturday, apparently as a way to come to terms with his divorce.

Crowe livestreamed the auction on Facebook, and bids were taken by Sothebys Australia in person, online, and by phone from around the world.

Sotheby's Australia had estimated that the stunt cuirass worn in the 2000 blockbuster would fetch between AU$20,000 and AU$30,000 at the auction entitled Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce.

The Gladiator "stuff" (his word for it all) could be a real pull - a replica Roman chariot, armour, weapons and two life-size prop horses. "So it's been a lot of fun putting it together for you".

A pair of black leather wrist cuffs was snatched for $32,000.

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.

Even the wooden training sword fetched $20,000.

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". Its telephone bidder is unknown.

More surprisingly, a costume that he wore in the same 2003 film was not far behind, raking in $115,000.

Other impressive lots? A painting called "The Suitor" by Australian modern artist Charles Blackman for $360,000 AUD or roughly $276,000 Dollars. It would receive a 22 percent commission, which the buyers have to fork out on top of the bid money.

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