The huge amount Russell Crowe has made at his 'divorce' auction

Piers Morgan secretly bids on two major items from Russell Crowe's 'Art of Divorce' auction -spending $14500 on a

Conveniently falling on the same day as Crowe's 54th birthday and would-be 15th wedding anniversary, the bidding paused to bring out local singer Alisa Nasteski to serenade the star with "Happy Birthday".

A number of unusual items went to high bidders, with a jockstrap worn by the actor on "Cinderella Man" selling for $7,000, despite an estimated price tag of $500-$600.

Other items that sold at "The Art of Divorce" auction included Russell Crowe's included his torso armour from Gladiator which smashed expectations, making $A125,000 and his Master and Commander violin sold well too.

"I haven't really thought about that, you know, but money's useful, money's fun", he said.

The chariot used within the epic movie, through which the New Zealand actor performed general-turned-gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius, bought for $65,000 (£35,488).

If you're a Russell Crowe fan, a movie memorabilia collector or just someone who supports the idea of cleaning out the storage bin after a divorce, you missed one doozy of an auction.

"Not a bad hourly rate for a 5 hour shift", Crowe tweeted after the auction.

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The Oscar-winner, who turned 54 yesterday, chose to part with an intriguing mix of possessions including jewellery, artwork and sports memorabilia following his divorce from Danielle Spencer.

Crowe's cousin - actor Russell Crowe - auctioned off 227 lots to fund his divorce from Australian actress Danielle Spencer, which includes memorabilia from the former Black Caps captain's career.

He then urged bidders wanting to buy an 1890 violin used in 2003 drama Master And Commander to 'lend it to a young musician so it carries on and starts to play in the concert halls around the world'.

A number of sought-after artworks were also up for grabs, including a 1960 Charles Buckman work which sold for $360,000. The official poster for the event shows a dapper Crowe with a cocktail in hand, smiling and tilting his glass.

Costumes from the 2012's Les Miserables, in which Crowe played Javert, fetched up to $16,000. While only expected to fetch $500-700 AUD or $380-530 United States dollars, a telephone bidder paid $11,000 AUD or roughly $8,400 USD for the piece.

A 1986 Grammy Award that was jointly presented to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Moman sold for $150,000. I put it in the collection as a piece of whimsy and a bit of a gag.

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