CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – The armor of the torso that Russell Crowe wore for his Oscar-winning role in "Gladiator" overshadowed expectations at a Sydney auction on Saturday, selling for $ 125,000 ($ 96,000).
Sotheby & # 39; s Australia had estimated that the double shell used in the box office hit of 2000 would reach between AU $ 20,000 and AU $ 30,000. But much of the memories of the movie auctioned off by the New Zealander based in Australia as part of their divorce agreement exceeded expectations.
A replica of the Roman chariot of the same film in which Crowe played the general turned Gladiator Maximus, which was thought to be worth up to $ 10,000, sold for AU $ 65,000.
A leather boxer protector, used by Crowe when he played against heavyweight champion James J. Braddock in the 2005 film "Cinderella Man," which is estimated to contribute between AU $ 500 and AU $ 600, sold for AU $ 7,000 after an intense tender.
Sotheby's was closer to the brand when assessing the Doc Martens golden boots that Crowe wore like the skinhead Hando in the 1992 movie "Break Stomper." The pair sold for AU $ 10,000, while Sotheby & s anticipated AU $ 10,000 and AU $ 15,000.
The auction, titled "The Art of Divorce," took place on the actor's 54th birthday and the anniversary of his wedding with singer Danielle Spencer in 2003.
A cheerful Crowe made an ap After the singer Alisa Nasteski sang happy birthday and the crowd gave him three applauses immediately before Lot 31, a violin by Leandro Bislach, sold for AU $ 135,000. The violin, used by Crowe when he played Captain Jack Aubrey in the 2003 film "Master and Commander," was the most expensive sale in the early part of the night and was likely to fetch the highest price of the auction.
the winning bid was at the highest end of expectations of between AU $ 110,000 and AU $ 140,000.
"G & # 39; day friends, how are you?" Crowe told the crowd. "Are you having a little fun? It's exciting, right? So it's been fun to put it together for you."
Before the auction began, Sotheby & s predicted that the 227 eclectic lots, which would cover movies, guitars, paintings, jewelry, watches and sports memorabilia, would contribute between AU $ 2.6 million and AU $ 3.7 million .
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