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While most of America was sleeping during the wee hours of Friday morning, Russell Crowe was in Sydney, tweeting information about the watches he plans to auction off during the April 7 memorabilia sale he announced 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.”
Whether you’re a fan of Crowe or you’re a watch aficionado, such details will be key: He promised in a later tweet that each watch sale 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 Crowe’s signature.
Every watch comes with a signed letter saying what project I associate the watch to .
Auction will be live in Sydney, however you’ll be able to bid from wherever you are in the world . April 7th . pic.twitter.com/AMj4DaTQCh
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 2, 2018
In response to another follower, who asked if the pieces being sold were all Rolexes, Crowe ticked off a list of the brands that will be represented in the sale: “Panerai, Rolex, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Chopard, Breitling, Omega, IWC, Asprey, Chanel and others.”
Crowe announced on Twitter in December that on April 7 he’d be selling the memorabilia he’s collected over the years: “Career stuff, stuff I’ve collected, and stuff in general. Paintings, Aubrey’s violin, watches … if you like stuff, save the date.” “Aubrey’s violin” refers to the musical instrument that his character, Capt. Jack Aubrey, played in 2003’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In his final tweet Friday, Crowe explained that bids could be placed via phone, online or live; the auction house handling the event has not yet been confirmed.
While that December announcement hinted that watches would be included, Friday’s tweets were Crowe’s first indication of the number and types of timepieces he plans to auction. They’re also a peek into his love of collecting, watches or otherwise. “Never had a flash watch as a kid,” Crowe tweeted. “Certainly made up for it as an adult haha.”
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