12 Of The Weirdest Items From Russell Crowe's Divorce Auction
The end of a relationship can do weird things to a person, and Russell Crowe's divorce auction is proof of that. During the course of his 14-year marriage to Danielle Spencer, he acquired a lot of unique items, and now that his divorce is about to come through in April, he wants rid of them.
Called the "The Art of Divorce", the auction is taking place on April 7, which is Crowe's birthday and wedding anniversary. The Hollywood veteran said of the auction, "We've been separated over five years now, our divorce should be finalized around the time of the auction."
"Just as we collaborate on the upbringing of our kids, it's easy for us to work together on something like this," he said of the sale which is soon-to-be ex-wife is involved in. "I think she feels the same way I do in regards to just moving on things that help create space for the future."
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While having a divorce auction is in itself unusual, Crowe's is even more unique because it contains memorabilia from some of his biggest blockbusters including Gladiator and American Gangster and it's safe to say that some of the items on sale are truly bizarre!
1. The jock strap from Cinderella Man
Crowe sweated in a lot of things while filming Cinderella Man, but none are quite as horrifying as his jock strap. The unusual item is expected to sell for between $500 and $600 and it comes with a certificate from Crowe confirming that it's what he wore in the movie.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio's dinosaur skull
This item reportedly made its way into Crowe's possession in December 2008, presumably as a Christmas present. Prior to this, the skull was found in Kansas so it really is an all American piece of movie and biological history. It is valued at between $35,000 and $40,000.
3. Two fake dead horses from Gladiator
"The two prop horses in my collection were used by Ridley Scott as corpses in the chariot scene in the [movie]," Crowe said of the horses which have been valued at $2,000 - $4,000 each. They measure two meters long by two meters tall, so the buyer might want to invest in a stable.
4. A functional Roman chariot from Gladiator
If there's one item on this list that I'd like to own, it's this - although it's a big investment with an estimated value of between $5,000 and $10,000. Crowe said of the chariot, "The chariots were made by Neil Corbould from the SFX department from the film, Gladiator. They were copied from two I bought from Rome off a guy who worked on Ben Hur, the original [movie]."
5. An animal-skin suit from The Silver Brumby
Crowe's had to wear a lot of elaborate historical outfits and this is one of his earliest. Worth between $2,000 and $3,000, it consists of a leather coat and moleskin trousers and it is believed that the movie's director, John Tatoulis, might buy it from him, with Crowe saying he "coveted this coat and said he was looking forward to wearing it in Melbourne after the shoot. However, after production was over he gifted it to me."
6. A fancy violin
On the subject of historical items, this super fancy violin from Master and Commander is expected to fetch the highest price of any item on this list and has been valued at between $110,000 and $140,000. The instrument was made in 1890 by Leandro Bisiach Snr in Milan.
7. The cloth 'angel' doll that decorated the Christmas tree in The Sum of Us
The doll doesn't come on its own, the winning bidder will also receive a framed photograph of Crowe and Jack Thompson, which is signed by the former too. It's a creepy piece of Hollywood history that can be yours for between $400 and $600.
8. The director's chair seat back for Russell Crowe from American Gangster
If you really want to feel like the man of the moment, then this is the item for you. You'll just need to cough up between $400 and $600.
9. Denzel Washington's back seat from American Gangster
Or, if Denzel is more your cup of tea, you can buy the backseat of his cair for the same price. Ridley Scott's is also up for auction too.
10. A 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500 saloon
Admittedly, this (like the chair backs) doesn't quite fall into the weird category, but if you're wanting to get behind the wheel like Crowe, you're going to have to make a pretty big investment as his Mercedes is expected to sell for between $15,000 and $25,000.
11. A Muhammad Ali plaster relief life cast face plaque
Ah, now we are back to business when it comes to bizarre items. This truly odd but nonetheless impressive piece of movie memorabilia can be yours for between $800 and $1,200. Personally, I think it would look fantastic on someone's mantlepiece.
12. A brass bound coopered oak nautical rum cask
Described on the auction's website as being "used for the storage of rum, fortified wine or water, the body of compressed cylindrical form secured with brass strapwork, rising to an oak stopper held in place by a hinged, lockable brass plate", this cask is worth between $800 and $1,200.
So there you have it, 12 items from Russell Crowe's divorce auction. While some are admittedly stranger than others, just the fact that they are being sold in such an unusual way makes them bizarre. Sadly, I can't afford anything on this list, but I'd buy that chariot if I could!