Stallone puts Rocky and Rambo props up for sale

Boxing robes from the Sylvester Stallone film Rocky IV on display during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction.
Boxing robes from the Sylvester Stallone film Rocky IV on display during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction. PHOTO: AFP
The Champioship Belt and gloves from the Sylvester Stallone films Rocky II & Rocky III on display during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction.
The Champioship Belt and gloves from the Sylvester Stallone films Rocky II & Rocky III on display during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction.PHOTO: AFP
A pair of boxing trunks from the Syvester Stallone movie Rocky 3 on display during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction.
A pair of boxing trunks from the Syvester Stallone movie Rocky 3 on display during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction.PHOTO: AFP
The US Army jacket worn by actor Sylvester Stallone in the film First Blood is displayed during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction.
The US Army jacket worn by actor Sylvester Stallone in the film First Blood is displayed during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction. PHOTO: AFP
The knife used by actor Sylvester Stallone in the film Rambo the Mission is displayed during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction.
The knife used by actor Sylvester Stallone in the film Rambo the Mission is displayed during a press preview of Heritage Auctions upcoming auction.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Costumes and props worn by Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone in the box-office smash hits, the Rocky and Rambo franchises, went on public view in New York on 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 US$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 armour.

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 movies. 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 and just forget about them, I thought, let me just pass them on," he told Heritage.

Fans can also bid for Rocky's Eye Of the Tiger jacket worn in Rocky II and the motorcycle he rode in Rocky III and Rocky V, as well as items from the more recent Expendables movies.