Russell Crowe's 'divorce auction' of memorabilia rakes in $3.7m

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Numerous items far exceeded the expectations of auction house Sotheby's Australia, including costumes and props from the 2000 movie Gladiator.

The Jonah Lomu signed jersey was given a pre-sale estimation price of between $3,000 and $4,000 (£1,635 - £2,180).

The auction, fittingly, took place on the Oscar-winner's 54th birthday and the anniversary of his wedding to Danielle Spencer, whom he married in 2003 (they separated in 2012). An aluminum prop sword and spare blade combo sold for $70,000, a Roman chariot replica got $65,000) and a pair of black leather wrist cuffs fetched $32,000.

'When I went through the list of auctions items, I realised there were two I just had to have.

"In a tweet, Crowe crowed of his earnings, ". not a bad hourly rate for a 5 hour shift", before wishing fans a "happy and busy" day.

"He had rooms full of items and many items in storage", Singer added.

"I'm a New Zealander in my mid-40s, for me Martin Crowe was cricket", he told the Museum's website.

Two items from Crowe's earlier film days piqued the interest of the National Museum Australia director Mathew Trinca.

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After his divorce with Danielle Spencer, the L.A. Confidential star found catharsis in capitalism by selling off dozens of his prized possessions in a massive auction.

More than 85 per cent of the 226 items on offer were sold, including a violin used in the 2003 film Master and Commander which went for $135,000.

A leather boxer's protector, worn by Crowe when he played heavyweight champion James J Braddock in the 2005 film Cinderella Man, estimated to bring between 500 and 600 Australian dollars, sold for 7,000 Australian dollars after intense bidding.

A number of sought-after artworks were also up for grabs, including a 1960 Charles Buckman work which sold for $360,000.

The pair, seen here in happier times, were married for almost 10 years.

A 1986 Grammy Award presented to Johnny Cash and other music artists made $150,000.

Included in the auction, viewed by hundreds live on social media, was a New Zealand test cricket "200 Club" cricket bat, the bat used to score Crowe's 17th test century and his signed New Zealand 1992 World Cup cap and shirt - that had a winning bid of $6000.

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