Rus­sell Crowe sells the lot at auc­tion to mark di­vorce

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Alice Vin­cent

CELEBRI­TIES tend to try to keep their high-pro­file di­vorces, with fees and set­tle­ments run­ning into the mil­lions, out of the pub­lic eye. Not Rus­sell Crowe and his soon-to-be ex-wife Danielle Spencer.

The pair, who sep­a­rated five years ago, marked the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of their di­vorce by auc­tion­ing off their col­lec­tion of movie mem­o­ra­bilia, gui­tars, art, cricket mem­o­ra­bilia, fur­ni­ture and jew­ellery at Sotheby’s, in a 227-lot sale called The Art of Di­vorce that took place yes­ter­day in Syd­ney.

Many of the items sold for sev­eral times their es­ti­mate. The breast­plate that Crowe wore in his break­out film Gla­di­a­tor made A$125,000, (£68,000) while a Le­an­dro Bisi­ach Snr 1890 vi­o­lin, from Mas­ter and Com­man­der which Crowe de­scribed as his favourite item, sold for A$135,000 as did the uni­form he wore in the film. The jock­strap that he wore in Cin­derella Man was won by a phone bid­der for A$7,000.

Both for­mer hus­band and wife were on board with the elab­o­rate clear-out, Crowe told Aus­tralia’s Daily Tele­graph: “We’ve been sep­a­rated over five years now. Just as we col­lab­o­rate on the up­bring­ing of our kids, it’s easy for us to work to­gether on some­thing like this.”

The ac­tor even picked a sen­ti­men­tal date for the auc­tion: April 7, his birth­day and his wed­ding an­niver­sary.

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