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Russell Crowe's divorce auction wins big with Master and Commander memorabilia

Russell Crowe's divorce auction wins big with Master and Commander memorabilia

And in case the jockstrap wasn't enough, the item was accompanied by a letter from the man himself, stating his ownership.

"G'day folks, how're you doing?" "It was Crowe mania", Sotheby's Australia chief executive Gary Singer told the Seven Network on Sunday. "It's been a lot of fun putting it together for you".

If you're curious, you can check out the entire lot of times here.

His arrival coincided with the bidding for a Leandro Bisiach Sr violin used in the film, dating back to 1890. "It was made by the patriarch of the company", said Crowe, before the bidders were to hear a recital of a piece from the film by two young musicians.

The jockstrap went for $7,000, which probably surprised Crowe, who admitted he only put it into the sale as "a piece of whimsy and a bit of a gag". Although his divorce from Danielle Spencer was past year, today would have been the couple's 15th wedding anniversary.

Russell told the boys they aren't the only Go Fund Me Page trying to secure the Gladiotor chariot, as reported in radioinfo yesterday - there are a group of history teachers also trying to buy it.

A breastplate worn by Crowe in his Oscar-winning efficiency bought for AU$125,000 (£68,246) at Sotheby's Australia, having been predicted to fetch between $20,000 (£10,919) and $30,000 (£16,379).

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The Gladiator replica chariot went for A$65,000 (€40,595), almost seven times above estimate, but the neo-Nazi boots from Romper Stomper went on estimate at A$10,000 (€6,245).

Pair of black leather wrist cuffs from Gladiator - $32,000.

Even the wooden training sword fetched $20,000. While it was expected to bring in between $500 and $600, the garment was won by a telephone bidder for $7000.

Aubrey's dress blues costume sold for more than three times its pre-auction expectation when it went for $115,000.

Music lovers in attendance were catered for with the collection of high-end guitars on offer, and also the 1986 Grammy Award which was jointly presented to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Mosman which sold for $150,000.

The full auction is tipped to raise £2 million but when asked what he might spend the money on, Crowe remained tight-lipped.

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