Russell Crowe's $104K Violin High Note of Sydney Auction

Posted April 10, 2018

Costumes from the 2012's Les Miserables, in which Crowe played Javert, fetched up to $16,000.

Although his divorce from Danielle Spencer was a year ago, today would have been the couple's 15th wedding anniversary.

"It's been a lot of fun putting it together for you", he told the crowd at the inner-city Carriageworks building.

The polyurethane and leather "stunt cuirass" breastplate worn by Crowe in the 2000 film's scene depicting the death of his character, Maximus, sold for $125,000 AUD or roughly $96,000 Dollars; a replica Roman chariot fetched $65,000 AUD or roughly $50,000 USD; and a pair of black leather wrist cuffs went for $32,000 AUD or roughly $24,500.

The official poster for the event shows a dapper Crowe with a cocktail in hand, smiling and tilting his glass.

According to reports, the item, which was featured in his 2005 film Cinderella Man, was one of the most popular items of the entire auction.

A stunt cuirass worn by Russell Crowe in the scene depicting the death of character Maximus in the film Gladiator sold for a staggering $120,000 - $100,000 more than its estimated value.

A pair of black leather wrist cuffs from the same film were also snatched for $32,000, while two life-sized prop horses were also up for grabs.

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Bidders' interest had been expected to focus on the violin and paraphernalia from Gladiator, the 2000 blockbuster that earned Crowe his Academy Award for best actor.

One buyer forked out $115,000 for a costume Rusty wore as Captain Jack Aubrey in the 2003 film Master and Commander.

A share of the profit will go to Martin's daughter Emma, 15, as Russell promised his cousin if he ever sold the gear for more than than what he paid for it he would share the profit with Martin.

Mr Singer said a handful of items were still available, namely a Grammy won by Johnny Cash and others in 1986 and a 2008 custom South Sydney Rabbitohs chopper motorcycle.

Auction house Sotheby's conducted the bidding process.

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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