Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

John Oliver offers Russel Crowe's jockstrap to Anchorage Blockbuster

John Oliver offers Russel Crowe's jockstrap to Anchorage Blockbuster

Oliver's purchases from Crowe's auction exceed $10,000, but he brought out his wallet for a good cause: To help save one of America's last remaining Blockbuster video stores.

Oliver discussed the threat to the last Blockbuster store on the show before revealing his purchases. The pricetag, however, was.

It started weeks ago on Oliver's show, when he reported the odd celebrity auction Crowe would be holding to sell a number of choice pieces of memorabilia, including the fated jockstrap. 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.

After airing a clip showing a telephone bidder paying a whopping $7,000 for Crowe's jockstrap, Oliver then insisted, "The bad news is we didn't do it". The leather jockstrap Crowe wore Cinderella Man, a pair of shorts and robe from the same movie, a hood Crowe wore in Robin Hood, and a vest he wore in Les Misérables. Yes, that really happened - and it was only the start of their late-night spending spree.

With slower streaming and more expensive rates, the video stores will able to exist far longer there than in the continental U.S.

"To the manager of the only remaining Blockbuster in Alaska, all of this shit is yours", Oliver said after giving viewers a guided tour of the Crowe items. "Just call us in the next 48 hours and we will send it to you".

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