Dave’s Faves: Something to Crowe About

Australia’s best known Kiwi Russell Crowe is taking a somewhat tongue-in-cheek approach to the sale of his most eclectic collection. It contains 227 personal items, from art, movie props and costumes, sports memorabilia, jewellery, watches, guitars, music memorabilia and more, in an auction titled “The Art of Divorce”.

Sotheby’s Australia scored the exclusive prestigious Hollywood gig and is holding the sale in Sydney on Saturday 7th April, notably the actor’s birthday and also wedding anniversary.

All 227 lots can be viewed from 4 to 7 April at the Carriageworks at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, and also online at Sotheby’s Australia

Happy to advise on any art lots as always, and everything else will be “in our opinion”.

Enjoy this truly unique Dave’s Faves (some with links for added benefit). There won’t be another one with such a wide range, including things that money usually just can’t buy:

Lot 10 stunt cuirass

Lot 10 – The important stunt cuirass worn by Russell Crowe in the scene depicting the death of the character, “Maximus“, in the film, Gladiator (2000). Est. $20,000-30,000. The original leather jacket


Lot 17 replica Roman chariot

Lot 17 – A fully functioning replica Roman chariot from the film Gladiator (2000), est. $5,000-10,000. Bigger than Ben Hur

Lot 18 Prop horse

Lot 18 – a life-size prop horse used in the film, Gladiator (2000), est. $2,000-4,000. No animals were harmed in the making of this auction catalogue

Lot 31 – A violin by Leandro Bisiach Snr (Milan, 1864-1946), used by Russell Crowe as “Captain Jack Aubrey” in the film, Master and Commander, (2003), Milan, dated 1890. Est. $110,000-140,000. Play it again, Jack

Lot 58 – A mounted Mosasaur (Platecarpus ictericus) skull, late Cretaceous Period, Niobrara Formation, Kansas. Est. $35,000-40,000. Not a prop from Jurassic Park

Lot 59 Sidney Nolan

Lot 59 – Sidney Nolan, Monkey, 1964, 122 x 122 cm. Est. $30,000-50,000. Monkey Business

Lot 85 – Brett Whiteley, Moreton Bay Fig and Palms (1974), 46 x 36 cm. Est. $100,000-150,000. Into the Blue with Brett

Lot 87 – An Australian Gold Record presented to Johnny Cash in recognition of record sales in excess of 18,000 for “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash”, in 1971. Est $7,000-8,000. Cash Converters (see also lots 88 and 89)

Lot 90 – The 1986 Grammy Award presented to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Moman, for Best Spoken Word or Non Musical Recording for Interviews from the “Class of ’55 Recording Session”. Est. $200,000-300,000. A Grammy with Class

Lot 91 Blackman

Lot 91 – Charles Blackman, The Suitor (1960), 122.5 x 91.5 cm. Est. $180,000-220,000. Black suit from Blackman

Lot 92 – A 2001 Mercedes Benz S500 saloon. Est. $15,000-25,000. Star Car

Lot 95 – A 2008 custom “Rabbitohs” chopper motorcycle, designed and made for Russell Crow by Orange County Choppers. Est. $35,000-45,000. There is no “TT” in Rabbitohs

Lot 96 – Arthur Boyd, Riverbank with Reflections and Cockatoos, 92 x 122.5 cm. Est. $120,000-160,000. Cockies not Crowes

Lot 99 George Browning

Lot 99 – George Browning, Eureka Stockade 1985-89, 217 x 341.5 cm. Est. $30,000-50,000. Flag this one down

Lot 124 Dale Frank

Lot 124 – Dale Frank, #two – http://www.free-nude-male-celebs.com/kirkcameron/kirkcameron003.html, 2001. 260 x 200 cm. Est. $30,000-40,000. Let’s Be Frank

Lot 158 Penleigh Boyd

Lot 158 – Penleigh Boyd, Portsea 1921, 51 x 61 cm. Est. $60,000-80,000. Portsea Paradise from Penleigh

Lot 163 telescope

Lot 163 – A brass and leather bound “Lord Bury” type three draw naval officer’s telescope, by J.H. Stewart, London, circa 1900. Est. $1,000-2,000. Land Ahoy Me Hearties!

Lot 168 rum cask

Lot 168 – A brass bound coopered oak nautical rum cask. Est. $2,000-3,000. Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum…

Lot 176 Plutenko

Lot 176 – Stanislav Plutenko, (The Beauty Salon), 2000, 150 x 80 cm. Est. $10,000-15,000. L.A. Confidential

Lot 187 diamon ring

Lot 187 – A platinum, 18ct white gold, fancy yellow diamond and diamond ring. Est. $70,000-100,000. You too can have a Diamond Life

Lot 218 Vacheron Constantin

Lot 218 – Vacheron Constantin, a fine and rare platinum automatic wristwatch with day date and power reserveref 85250 mvt 971627 case 801053 Jubilee 1755 limited edition no 21, circa 2005. Est. $40,000-60,000. If you have a beautiful mind you should own a beautiful watch

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Hi, my name is Brigitte Banziger and I am an art consultant and manager at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, Australia's art valuation and art advice experts. We specialise in art valuations for insurance purposes, for family division, deceased estates, superannuation funds and market values, and advise clients regarding purchase and sales of art (art brokerage). Our services are sought by private clients, companies, public galleries and councils alike. Our aim is to provide professional service with friendly, approachable manner.


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