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Movie Fans Are About to Start a Bidding War on Russell Crowe’s Jockstrap

Australia’s cricket team is caught up in a scandal at the moment. A few players were fooling around with their balls during one of their month-long test matches. This had been reported on almost daily by the BBC World Service, and the Prime Minister of Australia even made a comment on the scandal, which involved someone getting caught using sandpaper on a ball to change the way it flies when it’s hit. It really made me proud to be an American and live in a country where we don’t have to pretend cricket isn’t the dumbest sport ever invented. I was so happy to have never seen cricket, I was marching around my house with an American flag like Hacksaw Jim Duggan chanting “USA! USA! USA!”

Australian actor Russell Crowe is about to finalize his divorce with wife Danielle Spencer, from whom he has been separated for six years, and part of that means he’s auctioning off a bunch of things, including a collection of sweater vests belonging to some of Australia’s greatest cricket players. Sweater vests! What kind of sport gets played in sweater vests and khakis? Cricket players don’t look like athletes, they look like Harry Potter cosplayers. And they’re all Hufflepuffs, every single one of them.

Crowe was on Good Morning Britain showing all the things he’s auctioning, which includes a lot of movie props from Crowe’s films, in addition to his collection of very famous sweater vests.

One of the most interesting things is the jockstrap he wore in the film Cinderella Man. Crowe said he added it to the auction as a joke, you know, because it was rubbing against his balls for a month or two, but it turned out to be one of things people are most interested in.

Crowe is calling the auction “The Art of Divorce,” which sounds like the name of an upcoming Woody Allen movie. If you’ve always wanted to smell Russell Crowe’s jockstrap, though, it’s lot 22 on Saturday at Sothebys.

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