Russell Crowe hawks dinosaur bones, ‘Master and Commander’ violin to settle divorce

Russell Crowe attends 'El Hormiguero' Tv show at Vertice Studio on April 20, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.
Russell Crowe attends ‘El Hormiguero’ Tv show at Vertice Studio on April 20, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.
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Chicago Tribune

If you’ve got an extra $700 lying around and a penchant for used jock straps, today is your lucky day.

Sotheby’s has announced “Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce,” an auction where the actor will be selling his groin protector from “Cinderella Man,” along with 226 other film props, artworks, and personal effects. According to Vulture, the most expensive lot is the 1890 Leandro Bisiach Violin used by Crowe in 2003’s “Master and Commander,” with an estimated price point of $110,000–$140,000, but the strangest item is a mounted mosasaur skull from the late cretaceous period. These dino bones will set you back an estimated $35,000–$40,000.

Fresh from his split from Danielle Spencer, whom he wed in 2003, Crowe’s auction will be held on April 7, his 54th birthday and what would have been Crowe and Spencer’s 15th wedding anniversary.

Taking the gallows humor a step further, the catalog for the auction features the Australian actor smirking cheekily as he raises a cocktail.


“Divorce has its way of making you really examine the things that are essential in life — and the things that are not,” Crowe said in a statement through Sotheby’s Australia. “Through the process I had a look around and realized I had a lot of stuff. Career stuff, stuff I’ve collected, and stuff in general. Boxes and boxes of stuff ... so in the spirit of moving forward into fresh air, here’s a portion of that collection of stuff.”

Crowe has been sharing featured items with his 2.75 million Twitter followers. The auction will stream online at 8pm New Zealand time on April 7.

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