Sotheby’s recent catalog of its recent auction “The Art of Divorce”, for prospective buyers, contained images of things for sale, such as an antique violin, a leather jockey, a replica Roman chariot, and so on. But the striking cover photo of Russell Crowe – the international celebrity – put on a tuxedo and smiled, holding a glass of Scotch to the viewer as if saying “Hurray” about the event!
Planning the auction on April 7, his birthday and his 15th wedding anniversary with now ex-wife Danielle Spencer, Crowe played the final stages of his divorce with amazing effect. The auction, a sure success, offered the public access to his personal valuables and memorabilia. In this celebrity-crazy era, every investment banker wants to put Maxim’s armor on his office wall!
Auction on Facebook
Facebook listened directly to the auction, delicately balanced between a formal sale of valuables and a disrespectful forum if Crowe, despite his artistic pretensions and unwanted Rolex watches, were unreachable and arrogant. The Facebook stream opened with a screen reading “Getting Started Soon,” with a font ironically similar to a wedding invitation. The word “Start” included a flash of cartoon dollar signs across the screen followed by Crowe’s catalog cover image in his tux with the music featured on the antique violin used in Master and Commander. A professional demonstration of guitar Gretsch 6192 “Sunburst” from 1965 and guitar Gretsch Brian Setzer “Hot Rod” from 1965, followed as both sold out. The auction hall was unveiled and bidding began, made by tuxedo clothing auctioneers.
Crowe presented all the outstanding lots, a standing ovation followed, and then a lady sang Happy Birthday to him and a lot of furious performance followed … for five whole hours. When the auction was over, the leather Cinderella-MAN a jockey strap sold for $ 6,500, when it was estimated to sell it for $ 460. Maxim (de Gladiator) a scarf sold for $ 117,000, nearly $ 100,000 more than the price charged. The best-selling was the 1960 painting “The Sufferer”, by Australian artist Charles Blackman for $ 337,000. When it ended, the Facebook flow recorded 34,000 views, and Crowe’s charitable charity, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, was paid superbly. Providing, Russell Crowe, like every other Australian guy, removed some old trash while holding a garage sale at home.
Reason for Excesses
Later, Crowe tweeted to his 2.76 million fans: about $ 3.7 million and a bunch of things he didn’t want to sell came back home; not a bad hourly rate for a “five-hour shift.” Crowe gives a lot about himself in that simple tweet, as if his overtly theatrical auction was pretty funny as his own show. Completely tongue-tied, and a regular feature of Australian actors who succeed abroad, yet constantly do regular work to stay grounded; Crowe maintained that illusion of the multimillion-dollar auction without revealing why both parties had been negotiating the divorce for several years. Push away the moolah, chic and self-deprecating theater that remains is a five-hour film summary with glimpses of his personal taste through the deep autobiographical treatment you usually get after one dies!