Russell Crowe Is Staging A Sotheby's Divorce Auction And It's Pretty Epic
That's one way to handle a break up!
But hold on for a second. Before you assume that this is the Hollywood version of throwing your ex's stuff out the window and onto the street post-breakup night, this isn't something the 53-year-old is doing out of spite.
In fact, Russell's soon-to-be ex-wife Danielle Spencer, whom he married in 2003 and separated from 2013, is in on the whole thing. They've mutually agreed on selling about 227 lots of stuff they accumulated over years of marriage. Most impressively, unlike other stars who were once married then divorced, they've remained amiable throughout the process and continue to be involved as a family.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the Oscar winner revealed, "Just as we collaborate on the upbringing of our kids, it’s easy for us to work together on something like this. I think she feels the same way I do in regards to just moving on things that help create space for the future.”
Now, as Russell gets one step closer to getting reacquainted with single life, he's enlisted the help of luxury auction house, Sotheby's Australia, to get his plans moving along. The aptly named "Rusell Crowe: The Art of Divorce" auction will be held on April 7, Friday, a date of significant meaning as it's both the couple's wedding anniversary and Russell's birthday. A private viewing and dinner will also be organized before the main event.
The 200-plus items Russell is unloading ranges from movie set props both random and recognizable, vintage watches, film memorabilia, sports souvenirs, antiques, luxury cars, and historically valuable artwork. Collectively, the items cost about $2.8 million.
"This collection probably equates to three rooms full of things I’ll no longer have to care for, document, clean, tune, and insure,” he added with a touch of cheekiness. It's a feeling he's perfectly expressed in his gleefully smug photo gracing the cover of the auction's catalogue, which, by the way, is selling for $45.
Who would have thought celebrities could be so practical?
Making the event all the more exciting is the fact that it will be open to public viewing as an exhibition before the auction proper. Those who drop by can check out a functioning Roman chariot and the aluminum sword he rode and used when he starred in Gladiator, 29 time pieces that are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, a dinosaur skull which he purchased from Leonardo DiCaprio, an antique violin dating back to 1890, Dr. Marten boots he once wore in Romper Stomper, and countless vintage guitars that will appeal to the eccentric collector, among so many other interesting finds.
Proceeds will be given to the The Australian Children's Music Foundation.
Now that you know that divorce auctions are a thing and that the legendary Russell Crowe is behind one of the most publicized ones to date, are you not entertained?