Russell Crowe's Gladiator props sold at 'divorce auction'

The armour that Crowe wore during Gladiator is also included in the colection
The armour that Crowe wore during Gladiator is also included in the colection AAP

08 April, 2018

"It's been a lot of fun putting it together for you", he told the crowd at the inner-city Carriageworks building.

Russell Crowe has celebrated his 54th birthday - and what would have been his 15th wedding anniversary - by holding an "art of Divorce" auction, which included items from some of his most successful movies.

The auction is underway with the first of Martin Crowe's memorabilia to be auctioned at lot 101.

An online bidder bought the armour for $125,000 after it was expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000.

To be clear, it's a prop horse from Crowe's 2000 movie Gladiator, but it's life-sized, and "realistically rendered in rubberised material with a textured chestnut faux fur mane", according to the lot notes. (AAP) One of the costumes from the film "Gladiator".

A replica Roman chariot from the same film in which Crowe played the general-turned-gladiator Maximus, thought to be worth up to A$10,000, was sold for A$65,000.

One buyer stumped up $115,000 for a costume Crowe wore as Captain Jack Aubrey in the 2003 film Master and Commander, but it was a prop from that movie Crowe said was "very dear to my heart".

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"It was made by the patriarch of the company".

"In the tradition of classical instruments. if somebody were to purchase it they might want to lend it to a young musician so it carries on and starts to play in the concert halls around the world", Crowe said.

Crowe also parted with a collection of artwork, including the 1960 Charles Blackman work "The Suitor", which sold for $360,000. It will be sold with a letter from Russell Crowe "stating his ownership". Crowe donned the boxers and the jockstrap in the 2005 film, "Cinderella Man".

In addition to his own movie memorabilia, there's a healthy amount of art, guitars, vehicles, and more - but the oddest thing may be a Mosasaur skull he got from Leonardo DiCaprio!

All winning bids attracted a 22 percent commission.

Ahead of the auction, Crowe explained why he made a decision to sell the items.

Russell Crowe is sharing mementos from his marriage - at a price. Titled The Art of Divorce, it pictures a smiling, tuxedo-clad Crowe brandishing a whiskey tumbler on the catalogue cover and came about, he explained in an interview with a Sydney morning TV show, because he decided "to turn something that was a little bit bleak into something joyful".

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