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Russell Crowe auction fetches massive bids

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John Keats from Sotheby's Australia stands with props from the film Gladiator owned by actor Russell Crowe to be auctioned by Sotheby's auction house as part of the 'Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce Auction' at Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, April 7,2018. Image: AAP Image/Ben Rushton


The Oscar-winning actor parted with about 230 items ranging from artwork, jewellery and sports memorabilia to movie props and costumes following his divorce from Danielle Spencer. Here are some of the highest winning bids and most unusual items.

* Charles Blackman artwork "The Suitor" (1960) - $360,000

* The 1986 Grammy Award presented to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Moman - $150,000

* Violin by Leandro Bisiach Sr (1864-1946) used by Crowe as the character Captain Jack Aubrey in the film Master and Commander (2003), dated 1890 - $135,000.

* Stunt cuirass worn by Crowe when his character Maximus died in the 2000 film Gladiator - $125,000.

* Costume for the character Captain Jack Aubrey from Master and Commander (2003) - $115,000.

* Aluminium prop sword and spare blade from Gladiator - $70,000.

* Replica Roman chariot from Gladiator - $65,000.

* Mounted Mosasaur skull, late Cretaceous period - $65,000.

* Pair of black leather wrist cuffs from Gladiator - $32,000.

* A wooden training sword - $20,000.

* Templar tunic and chain mail from the film Robin Hood (2010) - $16,000.

* The costume worn for the character Javert during the performance of the song Stars in the 2012 film Les Miserables - $16,000.

* Blue wool vest for the character Javert in Les Miserables - $12,000.

* Brown leather hood from Robin Hood - $11,000.

* Leather pair of Dr Martens boots from the movie Romper Stomper (1992) - $10,000.

* Leather jockstrap worn by Crowe in the 2005 movie Cinderella Man - $7000.

* Two life-sized prop horses from Gladiator - $5,500 each.

(Winning bids also attract a 22 per cent commission)

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Image: AAP Image/Ben Rushton