The 53-year-old actor certainly lent the shimmer of his celebrity to the Saturday night event by raising a cocktail toast in a bevelled glass on the cover of the Sotheby's Australia catalogue. Crowe said to the crowd.
"He basically curated it", Cairnduff said.
The polyurethane and leather "stunt cuirass" breastplate worn by Crowe in the 2000 film's scene depicting the death of his character, Maximus, sold for $125,000 AUD or roughly $96,000 Dollars; a replica Roman chariot fetched $65,000 AUD or roughly $50,000 USD; and a pair of black leather wrist cuffs went for $32,000 AUD or roughly $24,500.
The Australian-raised actor organized the unconventional fête as a means to celebrate his near-finalized divorce to Danielle Spencer and, as he wrote in a note in the auction catalog, rid himself of "about 3 rooms full of things I will no longer have to care for, document, clean, tune and insure". About 200 picture theaters, props from some of the most well-known movies, including Gladiator, Master and Commander, LA Confidential and The Insider, went under the hammer.
The A-lister also sold his vast collection of movie and sports memorabilia, including chariots and swords from Gladiator, boxing gloves and robes from Cinderella Man and clothing from Robin Hood.
Leather jockstrap in the 2005 boxing flick Cinderella Man - $7000.
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A collection of vintage guitars at Russell Crowe's divorce auction.
"Part of that collector's passion is actually an excitement-that the next person who comes along and has the custodianship of a particular item is going to enjoy it and love it as much as I do".
Crowe bought the violin after deciding his character, British naval captain Jack Aubrey, would have played a finer instrument than a heavy German-made prop he was handed on set. 'And I thought to myself while I'm in the middle of doing that.
"For some reason early in the morning, a cheque was written and I was so gleeful to take a dinosaur ... skull home to my children", he said, raising his hands in feigned disbelief. It is not known if Sheeran was the successful bidder for that item. "It was Crowe-mania", he told television broadcaster Channel Seven Sunday. It's estimated to fetch up to almost US$77,000 and lists its provenance as "Ms Danielle Spencer, Sydney".