Entertainment How Russell Crowe’s Divorce Auction Became a Multi-Million-Dollar Career Boost

23:36  10 april  2018
23:36  10 april  2018 Source:   Vanity Fair

Russell Crowe's 'Art of Divorce' Auction Hauls In $3.7 Million in Memorabilia -- Including His Jock Strap

  Russell Crowe's 'Art of Divorce' Auction Hauls In $3.7 Million in Memorabilia -- Including His Jock Strap The 54-year-old New Zealand-born actor's strange auction involved movie paraphernalia, cars, motorcycles and an $8,540 jock strap.The auction coincided with the finalization of his divorce from Australian singer Danielle Spencer, with whom he starred in The Crossing and married in 2003. They have two sons, Charles and Tennyson, but separated in 2012. As part of that divorce, he arranged the "Art of Divorce" auction.

The fact that Crowe managed to maintain that illusion even through a multi - million - dollar auction may reveal the real reason for this whole thing. He and his former wife were reported to have begun negotiating the divorce several years prior

Russell Crowe celebrated his 53rd birthday and wedding anniversary to ex-wife Danielle Spencer on Saturday with a divorce auction , which is expected to possibly net him up to .7 million. Vanessa Trump 'filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr after her family' s multi - million dollar windfall' from

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In the catalog sent by Sotheby’s to prospective buyers for its recent “The Art of Divorce” auction, there were images of the items for sale—a replica Roman chariot, an antique violin, a leather jock strap—and one unmissable photo on the cover: Russell Crowe, international movie star, wearing a tux and smirking, holding a tumbler of scotch up to the viewer as if to say, “Cheers . . . aren’t I something?”

In scheduling the auction for April 7, both his birthday and what would have been his 15th wedding anniversary with now ex-Danielle Spencer, Crowe put himself right out in front of the story, playing out the final stage of his divorce for stunning, maximum effect. The auction pretty much sells itself: Oscar-winning actor offers public access to a huge collection of personal valuables and memorabilia. In this celebrity-crazed age, what aspiring investment banker wouldn’t want to own the breastplate of Maximus for his office wall?

Russell Crowe's 'Art of Divorce' Auction Hauls In $3.7 Million in Memorabilia -- Including His Jock Strap

  Russell Crowe's 'Art of Divorce' Auction Hauls In $3.7 Million in Memorabilia -- Including His Jock Strap The 54-year-old New Zealand-born actor's strange auction involved movie paraphernalia, cars, motorcycles and an $8,540 jock strap.The auction coincided with the finalization of his divorce from Australian singer Danielle Spencer, with whom he starred in The Crossing and married in 2003. They have two sons, Charles and Tennyson, but separated in 2012. As part of that divorce, he arranged the "Art of Divorce" auction.

jewellery and Johnny Cash's 1986 Grammy Award: A look inside Russell Crowe ' s multi - million dollar 'Art Of Divorce ' auction in Sydney. He celebrated his 53rd birthday and wedding anniversary to ex-wife Danielle Spencer on Saturday with a controversial 'Art Of Divorce ' auction .

Russell Crowe celebrated his 53rd birthday and wedding anniversary to ex-wife Danielle Spencer on Saturday with a divorce auction , which is expected to possibly net him up to .7 million .

a man wearing sunglasses© By Don Arnold/WireImage. The auction was live-streamed on Facebook, and progressed with delicately orchestrated precision as it ricocheted between being a serious, formal sale of genuinely valuable items and a forum for irreverence, just in case you might get the impression that Crowe, with all his art and unwanted Rolex watches, was coming across as inaccessible and above the fray. The sale’s Facebook feed opened with a screen that read “Commencing shortly,” in a font that ironically resembled that of a wedding invitation. “Commencing” included a quick flash of cartoonish dollar signs washing across the screen before the ubiquitous catalogue-cover image of Crowe in his tux emerged.

The hold music was performed on the antique violin he used in Master and Commander, with the talented young violinist also explaining its qualities. That was followed by a professional demonstration of a 1965 Gretsch 6192 “Sunburst“ guitar and 2004 Gretsch Brian Setzer “Hot Rod” guitar, both of which were up for sale. Finally a view of the auction hall was revealed and the bidding began, conducted by tuxedo-clad auctioneers. Crowe himself appeared to introduce featured lots, was given a standing ovation, and a woman sang happy birthday to him.

Russell Crowe divorce auction: Jockstrap, ex's ring among items

  Russell Crowe divorce auction: Jockstrap, ex's ring among items The Academy-winning actor is auctioning an eclectic mix of personal items and movie memorabilia collected during his failed marriage to Danielle Spencer.The actor is hosting a divorce-themed auction in Sydney on Saturday, the same day as his birthday and wedding anniversary.

Guitars owned by actor Russell Crowe . The 54-year-old movie star had chose to auction off some of his most prized possessions, including iconic memorabilia, costumes and props from his Hollywood career , as a way of marking his split from Danielle Spencer in 2012.

MELBOURNE - A Roman-style chariot, gold Rolex watch, leather jock strap and a 128-year-old violin that all belonged to Australian actor Russell Crowe have been sold in an auction that reaped in more than .8 million dollars . The auction titled 'The Art of Divorce ' was held in Sydney on Sunday and

There was a lot going on.

a close up of a statue: From left, a 'Don Juan' costume from the wardrobe of Errol Flynn in the film, Adventures of Don Juan (1948), the important stunt cuirass worn by Russell Crowe in the scene depicting the death of the character, 'Maximus', in the film, Gladiator (2000), a violin by Leandro Bisiach Snr (Milan, 1864-1946), used by Russell Crowe as the character 'Captain Jack Aubrey' in the film, Master and Commander (2003), Milan, dated 1890.© Courtesy of Sotheby's Australia. From left, a 'Don Juan' costume from the wardrobe of Errol Flynn in the film, Adventures of Don Juan (1948), the important stunt cuirass worn by Russell Crowe in the scene depicting the death of the character, 'Maximus', in the film, Gladiator (2000), a violin by Leandro Bisiach Snr (Milan, 1864-1946), used by Russell Crowe as the character 'Captain Jack Aubrey' in the film, Master and Commander (2003), Milan, dated 1890. By the end of the five-hour auction, the leather jock strap worn in Cinderella Man had sold for $6,500, well over its $460 estimate. Maximus’s breastplate, from Gladiator, went for $117,000, nearly $100,000 over asking price. The top seller was not Crowe’s own movie memorabilia but the 1960 painting The Suitor, by Australian artist Charles Blackman; it went for $337,000.

Afterward, Crowe tweeted to his 2.76 million followers:

John Oliver bought Russell Crowe's jockstrap for the last Blockbuster in Alaska

  John Oliver bought Russell Crowe's jockstrap for the last Blockbuster in Alaska Earlier this month, Russell Crowe auctioned off several pieces of his movie memorabilia as part of his “divorce auction.” The Sotheby’s page featured a number of head-scratchers, though, leaving many to wonder who could possibly afford to pay thousands of dollars for Crowe’s jockstrap from Cinderella Man. On Sunday night, we learned the answer: John Oliver. Oliver revealed on the new episode of Last Week Tonight that his show had indeed purchased Crowe’s jockstrap for $7,000 — and several other items as well. People had speculated that the HBO show was the mystery buyer of several Crowe items, so Oliver played coy at first before confirming their purchases. “The bad news is, we didn’t buy it — we did, though. We absolutely did,” Oliver said, brandishing the Cinderella Man jockstrap in a display case and quoting Crowe’s famous line from Gladiator: “Are you not entertained?” “The point here is, to the manager of the only remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage, Alaska, all this s— is yours. Just call us in the next 48 hours and we will send it to you,” Oliver said. “I really hope the internet is good enough up there for you to see it in time, because if we don’t hear from you in the next two days, I know a transportation museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania, that I’m sure could make room for another exhibit.” As usual with Oliver’s real-life bits, expect there to be more developments down the road with this story. Last Week Tonight airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.

Russell Crowe ' s highly anticipated, multimillion - dollar 'The Art Of Divorce ' auction has begun in Sydney. The auction , which features the sale of movie memorabilia, Australian art, musical instruments, jewellery and cars, is expected to net Crowe anywhere between .6 and .7million.

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe ' s unusual " divorce auction " of personal items and movie memorabilia, including "Gladiator" props and a leather jockstrap he wore in "Cinderella Man", exceeded expectations and raked in millions of dollars for the Australian star.

“In case anyone is interested . . . $3.7m at the coal face and around $350k of conversations ongoing . . . and a bunch of stuff I didn’t really want to sell coming home . . . not a bad hourly rate for a five-hour shift. Hope you are happy and busy.”

It’s interesting how much Crowe gives away about himself in that simple tweet. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t know if anyone is interested in the auction, given the media coverage of this event alone, to say nothing of his fame as an actor. There are also the purposeful working-class allusions: “coal face,” a phrase used in reference to working in a mine, and “not bad for a five-hour shift,” as though his own fabulously theatrical auction was not unlike routine shifts behind the bar. It’s tongue-in-cheek, sure, but also a familiar habit of Australian actors who find success overseas but constantly work to maintain the illusion that they haven’t gotten too full of themselves.

The fact that Crowe managed to maintain that illusion even through a multi-million-dollar auction may reveal the real reason for this whole thing. He and his former wife were reported to have begun negotiating the divorce several years prior, so long ago that Crowe seems comfortable talking about the relationship candidly. When you strip away the money and glamour and moments of self-deprecating theater here, what remains is a five-hour showcase of his film résumé with a glimpse at his personal taste—the kind of in-depth autobiographical treatment you usually don’t get until you’re dead.

By the end of the night, the Facebook feed had registered 34,000 views, Crowe’s charity of choice—the Australian Children’s Music Foundation—was paid handsomely, and Crowe brought some Hollywood sparkle back to his home country, and himself. Because, despite all the glamour and adoration, at the end of the day, Russell Crowe is just like any other Aussie bloke. When he wants to get rid of some old junk, he has a regular ol’ garage sale at home. Just like anyone else.

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