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John Oliver buys Russell Crowe's jockstrap for Alaskan Blockbuster store

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has confirmed that he was the anonymous bidder for Russell Crowe's leather from "Cindrella Man" at the actor's "divorce auction" and actually paid USD 7,000 for it.

Not just the jockstrap, Oliver's show "Last Week Tonight" had also purchased several other items from the that Crowe held to celebrate the end of his marriage.

Oliver revealed that he had a better home for the bizarre piece of movie memorabilia. He was planning to give it to one of the last stores in as video shops are facing extinction in the era of

The acknowledged it was "a big price to pay just to find out what Russell Crowe's b***s smelled like in 2005". He revealed that the show had also dropped some serious money for "a bunch of pointless memorabilia".

He also bought the set chairs used by Crowe and on "American Gangster", the vest Crowe wore in "Les Miserables", the hood he wore in "Robin Hood" and a satin robe and shorts from "Cinderella Man".

"There has been some speculation out there that we were the ones who bought that - and I will admit it does sound like something that we would do. You know, buy Russell Crowe's and send it to one of the last remaining Blockbusters in Even that sentence is absolutely incredible to say out loud.

"The bad is, we didn't do it. I'm sorry," he said, before taking a dramatic pause to deliver the punchline -- "We did though. We did. We absolutely did."

He soon produced the evidence, a display case containing the jockstrap on a dummy, and quoted Crowe's famous line from "Gladiator": "Are you not entertained?"

Oliver said the memorabilia would be available to Alaska's last if they got in touch with

"If only there were a fun, movie-themed way for them to draw people in," he said.

The of the at Anchorage, Alaska, Kevin Deymude, told The that the memorabilia would be great for the business.

"I had no idea whatsoever he was going to do that. We would be very honoured to showcase that collection. People have been calling and coming in, wanting to know when it will all be here If we do get it, it could be very big for business," Deymude said.

The auction, held in and titled 'Art of Divorce', took place on Crowe's 54th birthday which coincided with with former wife and earned him USD 3.7 million.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 15:55 IST