Costumes and props worn by Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone in the box-office smash hit “Rocky” and Rambo” movies went on public view in New York Tuesday before being offered for auction. Die-hard fans with deep pockets can snap up more than a thousand pieces of Stallone memorabilia at auction in Los Angeles in December, which will help benefit veterans charities.
The top valued items are Rocky Balboa’s boxing gloves and championship belt from “Rocky II,” and could each fetch a whopping $500,000, according to Heritage Auctions. Other highlights are the character’s leather jacket from “Rocky”-the 1976 film that won three Oscars and propelled Stallone to international stardom and his white robe from “Rocky IV.” Also on sale is Stallone’s handwritten script for “Rocky,” his character John Rambo’s army jacket from “First Blood” and a “Judge Dredd” costume including helmet, boots and shoulder armor.
Top lots from the sale will remain on view in New York until Wednesday, before being offered for sale from December 18-20 in Los Angeles, Heritage Auctions announced. The New York-born Stallone is an Academy-award nominated actor best known for his tough guy roles in the “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchises. The 69-year-old is also a director and screenwriter. “I thought other people would really appreciate them. So, rather than keep them in the dark (in storage) and just forget about them, I thought, let me just pass them on,” he told Heritage. Fans can also bid on Rocky’s “Eye of the Tiger” jacket worn in “Rocky II,” the motorcycle he rode in “Rocky III” and “Rocky V” and items from his more recent “The Expendables” movies. Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions, said Stallone was an “international superstar.” “These items include some of the iconic, cultural symbols of clothing and props from his most famous and loved action films,” he said.—AFP