From Rocky boxing gloves to Rambo headbands, memorabilia from action movie star Sylvester Stallones Hollywood career are going under the hammer in a December auction expected to raise around $1.5 million.
Nearly 500 items from Stallones personal archives are being sold, including costumes, props, scripts, notebooks and other memorabilia from the actors biggest films, including the Rocky and Rambo franchises, Cliffhanger, The Expendables and Demolition Man, Juliens Auctions said on Tuesday.
Highlights include Stallones boxing gloves from Rocky III, with an estimate of $10,000 – $20,000, as well as handwritten notebooks about the first four Rocky films, priced at $40,000 – $60,000.
Rambo fans are being offered a collection of knives from the first three films, priced $10,000 – $20,000 each, as well as a headband worn by Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II ($8,000-$10,000) among other memorabilia.
Hes a sports guy, thats what he represents, sports and hard graft and people can relate to that, Martin Nolan, executive director at Juliens Auctions, told Reuters.
And thats why hes so collectable and really, people have very little opportunity to own anything from his life and career until now.
Born in New York in 1946, Stallone found fame with 1976 Oscar-winning boxing film Rocky, soon becoming one of Hollywoods biggest action movie stars.
Asked why the actor, now aged 75, was selling the items, Nolan said: He actually is relocating, hes selling his house, so thats a perfect time for anyone to sort of downsize.
We expect… a huge response to this (auction) announcement because people have pent up demand for iconic items like this, authentic items coming directly from the man himself.
Other items for sale include posters, the boxing mouth guard worn by Stallone in Rocky, a costume designed by Gianni Versace for Judge Dredd and a Cliffhanger arm sculpture.
Everything is pretty much at no reserve and they are conservatively estimated, Nolan said.
Overall, we estimate the sale in the range of $1 (million) to $1.5 million. Thats a conservative auction estimate because they are so iconic and people love this stuff.
The Property from The Life and Career of Sylvester Stallone sale takes place on Dec 5 at Juliens Auctions in Beverly Hills and will be preceded by an exhibition of the items in London starting on Thursday at the Mall Galleries. – Reuters