Russell Crowe's Master And Commander violin hits high note at 'divorce auction'

Lucy Bush
April 9, 2018

It sold at considerably more than its estimated price of $5000.

The auction begins April 7 (Russell's bday and wedding anniversary) at 6 p.m. local time in Sydney - that's 4 a.m. EST!

A fully functioning replica Roman chariot from the film Gladiator sold for $65,000.

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

Auction house Sotherby's Australia chief executive Gary Singer said the event, which included about 230 items in total, had been a year in the making.

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

The famous breastplate worn by Russell in "Gladiator" sold for a whopping $125,000, while its matching wrist cuffs sold for $32,000, a wooden sword for $20,000 and a metal one for $70,000, $5,000 more than a chariot from the film.

Sotheby's was closer to the mark in valuing the maroon Dr Martens boots Crowe wore as the skinhead Hando in the 1992 movie Romper Stomper.

But the highest price for film memorabilia was reserved for a century-old Leandro Bisiach violin used in the 2003 period war-drama Master and Commander that sold for $135,000.

The pair sold for AU$10,000, while Sotheby's anticipated between AU$10,000 and AU$15,000.

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More surprisingly, a costume that Crowe wore in the same 2003 film was not far behind, raking in 115,000 Australian dollars (£62,635).

A whopping $3.7million came in as a result of the auction kicking off at Sydney's Carriageworks over the weekend, with a 1960 painting The Suitor, by Charles Blackman, selling for $360,000.

A 1986 Grammy Award that was jointly presented to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Moman sold for $150,000.

There were also unusual items such as a plaster cast of Muhammad Ali's face, a life size prop of a horse and a brown leather jockstrap worn by Crowe in Cinderella Man with a winning bid of $7000.

A likely cricket tragic paid $52,000 for a life-size bronze statue of Don Bradman but a bunch of cricket memorabilia is still for sale. The items had an 85 percent clearance rate, and all winning bids were topped with a 22 percent commission fee.

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