Russell Crowe pulls in $3.7M in auction to help finance divorce
Even Oscar winners need a little help paying the bills.
Russell Crowe unloaded dozens of items Saturday night at a Sotheby’s auction in a bid to help him fund his divorce from ex-wife Danielle Spencer — and wound up raking in more than $ 3 million.
“The Art of Divorce,” as the “Gladiator” star titled the event, went down in Sydney on his 54th birthday, and featured more than 200 items, including movie memorabilia, antique treasures, artwork and a collection of instruments.
“In case anyone is interested … $ 3.7m at the coal face and around $ 350k of conversations ongoing … and a bunch of stuff I didn’t really want to sell coming home … not a bad hourly rate for a 5 hour shift,” Crowe joked on Twitter Saturday night.
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 25: Danielle Spencer and Russell Crowe arrive at The Star Opening Party on October 25, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 15: Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer arrive at the opening of ‘The Star’, formerly Star City in Pyrmont on September 15, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. The entertainment venue underwent a AUD860 million dollar renovation and expansion with 20 new bars and restaurants and new luxury retail stores. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer arrives at the ‘The Next Three Days’ Australian premiere on January 30, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 20: Actor Russell Crowe (R) and wife Danielle Spencer attend the Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser at the VIP Room, Palm Beach during the 63rd Annual International Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer arriving for the official Robin Hood screening, at the Palais de Festival during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, France. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 12: Danielle Spencer and Russell Crowe attend the ‘Robin Hood’ After Party at the Hotel Majestic during the 63rd Annual Cannes International Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD – APRIL 12: Actor Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer, with their children Charles Spencer Crowe, and Tennyson Spencer Crowe pose while Russell Crowe is honored on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on April 12, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer celebrate a Rabbitohs try during the round one NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the Sydney Football Stadium on March 15, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
ï¿½2008 RAMEY PHOTO /XPUSA US ONLY! NOVEMBER 28TH, 2008 – BEVERLY HILLS, CA., USA ACTOR RUSSELL CROWE AND WIFE DANIELLE SPENCER SEEN SPENDING SOME QUALITY TIME TOGETHER OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND! XPUSA/JTBBDTNM1 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK – OCTOBER 19: Actor Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer arrive at ‘American Gangster’ premiere at the Apollo Theater on October 19, 2007 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA – AUGUST 21: Actor Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of ‘3:10 to Yuma’ at the Mann National Theatre on August 21, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA – AUGUST 21: Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘3:10 to Yuma’ at Mann National Theatre on August 21, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 14: Actor Russell Crowe and wife Danielle Spencer attend the 2007 Music for Children Ball at the Four Seasons Hotel on July 14, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by John Stanton/WireImage)
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Among the most popular items was the breastplate he wore in “Gladiator” when his character Maximus (spoiler alert) bites the dust. The piece sold for $ 125,000, while matching leather wrist cuffs scored $ 32,000.
He also sold items from movies like “Master and Commander,” “The Silver Brumby” and “Proof,” though the Royal Navy dress blues from “Master” proved extremely popular, bringing in a $ 115,000 haul.
One of the more curious items was the leather jockstrap Crowe wore in the 2005 film “Cinderella Man.” The protective piece went for $ 7,000 to one lucky bidder.
“I put it in the collection as a piece of whimsy and a bit of a gag. Funny enough, it’s garnered a lot of attention,” Crowe told “Good Morning Britain” on Friday.
He and Spencer wed in 2003, and news broke of their split in 2012. The divorce is just about finalized, and the ex-couple share two children.
“Getting to this point with the divorce, and no matter how amicable a split is, you’ve still got to unwind things at a deep level,” he said. “I’ve never been somebody who deconstructs thigns. I’ve always been somebody who builds things. So it was quite a big lesson in life to become somebody who can deconstruct things. And I thought to myself, ‘While I’m in the middle of doing that, how else can I do that? How else can I apply that?’ And this is what I came up with.”