Maximus Decimus Meridius will shed half his personal watch collection at Sydney memorabilia auction on April 7 this year. News of the auction came from Twitter, with Russell Crowe sharing information about the auction in December.
“This auction I’m having April 7th in Sydney will feature no less than 29 watches!!” the actor tweeted, adding that the number represents “over half my collection.” His tweet included a photo of a Panerai Luminor GMT Automatic; when asked by a follower if the watch was his first Panerai, Crowe confirmed that it was, noting that it was “purchased in Madrid while promoting Proof of Life, just after being nominated for Gladiator.”
In a later tweet, Crowe confirmed that each of the watches sold would come with a signed letter both authenticating the piece and offering a brief anecdote about its origins. An accompanying photo featured an example, with notes about a Rolex Cellini that stated “purchased during the shooting of American Gangster” above his signature.
* EDIT: The catalogue includes an incredible selection of film memorabilia, guitars and artworks from some of Austalia’s finest artists. You can check out the full catalogue for the Russell Crowe ‘The Art of Divorce” auction at Sotheby’s.