John Oliver's HBO Show Bought Russell Crowe's 'Cinderella Man' Jockstrap for $7000

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The Sotheby's page featured a number of head-scratchers, though, leaving many to wonder who could possibly afford to pay thousands of dollars for Crowe's jockstrap from Cinderella Man.

"Earlier this month, Crowe revealed the auction earned $3.7 million, with around "$350,000 of conversations ongoing" following the event.

Fast forward several weeks to the date of the auction, where someone reportedly purchased that jockstrap for $7,000.

John Oliver began his segment talking about the Blockbuster franchise and how they filed for bankruptcy back in 2010.

Last Week Tonight's John Oliver has a gift for the nation's remaining Blockbuster video rental stores in Alaska: the jockstrap Russell Crowe wore in Cinderella Man.


The spending spree was revealed on Sunday night's show in a segment about a struggling Blockbuster video store in Alaska - one of the last remaining video stores in the U.S., which is "under serious threat" in the digital new world. Even that sentence is absolutely incredible to say out loud. "We did though. We absolutely did", he said, moments later.

In addition to the jockstrap from Cinderella Man, the show also bought a robe and shorts from the same film. He also successfully bid on Crowe's vest from "Les Mierables", his hood from "Robin Hood", and the set chairs used by Crowe and Denzel Washington in "American Gangster".

However, these items may not be with Oliver for long.

"If we do not hear from you in the next two days, I know a transportation museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania that could make room for a new exhibit", Oliver said. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2010, but there are four stores still left standing, all of which nearly have a mythical presence in the age of online streaming. Before closing out the show, however, Oliver moved on to informing viewers about the tragic status of Blockbuster, and how it's down to a single operating store located in Alaska. The store is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Monday.

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