Going through a divorce can be a gut-wrenching time in someone’s life and usually results in a lifestyle change, especially when it comes to cars. For Russell Crowe, who I associate with being the most badass, vengeful person ever in the 2000 film “Gladiator,” it means letting go of his 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500.
The movie star is apparently going through a divorce, as Australia’s 9 News (via Jalopnik) reports. Crowe and his wife of over a decade have decided to split up and now, the man behind the camera has decided to create “a bit of clear space.” Crowe plans to do just that by auctioning off a bunch of stuff, including costumes, movie props, watches, and paintings.
The auction, which is called “The Art of Divorce,” is being held in Sydney and is taking place on April 7 – the same day as the couple’s wedding anniversary and Crowe’s birthday.
One of the more interesting pieces that Crowe will auction off is his 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500. The luxury sedan is being auctioned off by Sotheby’s Australia and is expected to fetch somewhere between $15,000 and $25,000. That’s not a lot of money for a vehicle that once belonged to the talented actor.
Still, it’s not like there’s anything special about the W220 S500. The large sedan has covered a total of 63,138 miles (101,661 km) over its 17-year lifespan and appears to be in pretty good condition. It features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that put out 302 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque when new.
The interior is pure early ‘00s from Mercedes and devoid of any color or character. The black-on-black color scheme doesn’t help much either. The seats show some signs of wear, so it’s clear that Crowe actually used the car.
The winning bidder will also receive a letter from Crowe himself that authenticates his ownership of the vehicle – if you needed some actual proof. If you’re not interested in the Mercedes, Crowe is selling roughly 227 items through the auction house, so you’re bound to find something that might catch your eye.