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John Oliver Reveals Reason He Paid $7000 For Russell Crowe's Leather Jockstrap

John Oliver Reveals Reason He Paid $7000 For Russell Crowe's Leather Jockstrap

John Oliver and Last Week Tonight gang coughed up $7K in the winning bid for that jockstrap Russell Crowe wore in Cinderella Man.

"It was my jock strap when I won the heavyweight championship of the world as the character James J. Braddock in the film 'Cinderella Man, '" Crowe told Good Morning Britain. Oliver noted that of the four independently-owned Blockbuster stores left in America, three are located in Alaska. The internet speculated that the bidder was none other than Oliver himself, fueled by his earlier reference on the show lampooning the odd nature of the auction, and that item itself. "But if they are going to give it to us a blockbuster video in Alaska ..."

Crowe threw a big-ticket auction last weekend to celebrate his recent divorce from wife Danielle Spencer, putting a whole bunch of his belongings, including movie memorabilia and musical instruments, under the hammer.




Come on: Are you not entertained? Before auction, the estimated value of the item had been set at $500.

The HBO show also bought Crowe's director chair from American Gangster, the vest he wore in Les Miserables, and a hood he wore in Robin Hood. After introducing the segment with a nostalgia-fueled look back at Blockbuster, during which the show sourced KTUU's reporting, Oliver said he hopes to send the Crowe memorabilia to the Blockboster on Debarr Road.

All the Anchorage Blockbuster has to do is contact Last Week Tonight within 48 hours to claim the items! Crowe said he made $3.7 million from over 200 items, including furniture, guitars and movie souvenirs - but the jockstrap may have gotten the most attention.