Apparently even world-famous, Oscar-winning actors sometimes need a little side-hustle to pay the bills. To finance his divorce from ex-wife Danielle Spencer, Russell Crow auctioned off almost $4 million worth of his own stuff in an event cleverly titled “The Art of Divorce” on his 54th birthday (and wedding anniversary) this weekend.
The auction featured a total of 227 items including Gladiator costumes, cricket paraphernalia, artwork, jewellery, music memorabilia and Crowe’s Cinderella Man jockstrap – which ended up being a disturbingly hot commodity and sold for $7,000. According to a tweet by Crowe, he made a total of $3.7 million in sales on the day and is still in conversations for another $350,000. Considering his reserve target was $2.4 million, that’s quite the win.
The Art of Divorce
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 5 hour shift . Hope you are happy and busy
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 7, 2018
Other intriguing pieces included two life-size prop horses and a fully-functioning chariot from Gladiator, over a dozen guitars, Johnny Cash’s 1986 Grammy, a 2001 Mercedes-Benz, an antique nautical rum cask and a plaster mold of Muhammad Ali’s face.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to be in Sydney to witness the auction firsthand, Russ had you covered. The actor livestreamed the entire event on his Facebook page. You could even make remote bids from the comfort of your own home.
Crowe and Spencer were married in 2003 and have reportedly been going through the process of divorcing since 2012. At last, it would appear the two Aussies are in the final stages – hence the need for millions of dollars.
After this weird episode and the items we’ve seen on the auction block, we’d say we’ve learned more than enough about Russell Crowe.