Russell Crowe to hold 'divorce auction' in Sydney



SYDNEY, Subel Bhandari (dpa) - Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe's prized possessions are up for grabs in a multimillion-dollar auction that will take place in Sydney on Saturday.
It falls on his 54th birthday. But Crowe is using the event, which has been a year in the making, as a "cathartic" moment to deal with his divorce from wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer, according to the auctioneers.



The list includes an eclectic mix of movie memorabilia, Australian art, musical instruments, jewellery and sporting collectables.
The event, titled "The Art of Divorce," was planned by Crowe as a way to deal with the end of his marriage to Spencer, after they separated in 2012, the CEO of Sotheby's Australia Gary Singer said.
"It's cathartic having a bit of a clean-out," Singer said on Friday.
According to estimates, Crowe will make anywhere between 2.6 to 3.7 million dollars (2 to 3 million US dollars) from 227 items on the exhibit, including a fully-functioning replica Roman chariot from the Oscar-winning film "Gladiator" and two life-size prop horses.
The list also includes several artworks, 28 watches, 19 pieces of diamond jewellery, as well as 19 guitars and three violins.
One of them is an 1890 violin created by Leandro Bisiach Snr, which Crowe bought after being disappointed with his prop violin in the film "Master and Commander." It is estimated to sell for at least 110,000 dollars.
Crowe’s brown leather jockstrap, or boxer's protector, from the film "Cinderella Man" is estimated to fetch 500 to 600 dollars.
The oldest item is a 17th-century Flemish tapestry estimated for up to 35,000 dollars.
The priciest item on the list is the 1986 Grammy Award presented to Johnny Cash, estimated to sell for 300,000 dollars.
The catalogue of the list of auction items for sale is 45 dollars.
Crowe said the "highly personal collection" began years ago and many of the 227 items listed were collected during his marriage to Spencer.
"I am not sure when the collecting bug took hold. Maybe as a child with coins, or maybe with stamps, or maybe at around 11, with football cards," he said in a statement.
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Saturday, April 7th 2018
Subel Bhandari (dpa)
           


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