As you may have already heard, Russell Crowe generated quite a few headlines recently when he held a 'divorce auction' to raise money for just that - his divorce from wife Danielle Spencer. The jockstrap used in the boxing film was reportedly worth a range from $500 to $600, according to broker Sotheby's who would be holding Crowe's auction. The HBO host wants to send it to the last remaining Blockbuster store in Anchorage, Alaska, to help save it from extinction.
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During the April 15 edition of "Last Week Tonight", Oliver revealed himself as the buyer not only of Crowe's jockstrap, but also of the actor's "American Gangster" set seat, "Les Misérables" jacket, and "Robin Hood" costume. Items for bidding included what one TV news talent called the "groin protector" Crowe wore in Cinderella Man. Yes, that really happened - and it was only the start of their late-night spending spree.
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It sold for $7K, which, Oliver noted, "is a big price to pay just to find out what Crow's balls smelled like in 2005".
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Years after the video rental franchise that once boasted more than 6,000 stores across the US shuttered majority, Blockbuster has reportedly been able to stay open in Alaska due to spottier internet service there, making it harder to stream movies on services like Netflix. Oliver bought Crowe's memorabilia so that it can be featured in Blockbuster's Anchorage, Alaska location as a "fun, movie-themed way to draw people in" and keep its doors open.