Property from The Life and Career of Sylvester Stallone Auction results announced

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Property from The Life and Career of Sylvester Stallone Auction results announced
Rocky original story development notebook.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions, closed out its auction season on Sunday, December 5th, 2021 with their year-end grand finale presentation of Property from The Life and Career of Sylvester Stallone, featuring the international superstar and the Golden Globe Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, screenwriter, fitness icon, author, artist and director’s most cherished treasures from his singular life and career. Hundreds of bidders, collectors and fans across the globe participated in person, on the phone and online live in Beverly Hills and at to vie for nearly 500 sensational items from Sylvester Stallone’s personal collection of costumes, movie props, and memorabilia from his most iconic films–the Rocky and Rambo movie franchises, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, The Specialist, Assassins, Escape Plan, Cop Land, and The Expendables–as well as awards, fine jewelry, furniture, and other gentlemen’s luxury items.

One of the highly anticipated moments of the auction was the sale of a vintage, 1970s era Mead brand spiral-bound notebook containing Sylvester Stallone’s original handwritten script pages for what would become the classic Oscar Award winning 1976 “Best Picture” film Rocky. The rare one-of-a-kind manuscript filled with Stallone's early and original plot details, scene specifications, and dialogue and character development concepts (some of which have never been revealed) for his breakthrough starring role as underdog boxer, Rocky Balboa, who would rise up to be the world heavyweight champion, sold for a knockout $437,500, over eight times its original estimate of $50,000. The movie masterpiece launched Stallone’s career as a global superstar and pop culture icon and went on to become one of the most successful film franchises of all time, spawning seven sequel and spin-off films, with an eighth yet to be released.

The sale of the film legend’s silk boxing trunks emblazoned with the American flag from the 1982 third installment of the film series, Rocky III, had the eye of the tiger, selling for an incredible $200,000, twenty times its original estimate of $10,000. The iconic trunks were worn by Stallone in the final boxing match of the film in which Rocky triumphs over Mr. T as Clubber Lang and retakes the title of Heavyweight Champion of the World. Another auction stunner was the appearance of a Rocky original artwork featuring a mounted blown-up movie still photograph from Rocky hand-embellished in acrylic and signed by Sylvester Stallone that sold for an astonishing $112,500, fifty-six times its original estimate.

Iconography used by Stallone in his other classic role, ex-Green Beret John Rambo, from Rambo: First Blood and the box office smash Rambo series, were auction headliners such as, a number #1 of 13 custom "Hero" knife created by knifesmith Jimmy Lile for Rambo: First Blood, which sold for $128,000 (twelve times its original estimate of $10,000); an original screen-matched canvas poncho worn by Stallone as John Rambo in the original film ($76,800); a vintage Martin Archery brand Cougar II MT-6 compound bow and two broad head arrows ($15,625) and a one-of-a-kind, authentic and original, Rambo III style Bowie knife created by master knife smith, Hibben, for Rambo: First Blood; props and wardrobe from its 1985 sequel Rambo: First Blood Part II, including Rambo’s red sweatshirt with excised collar ($25,000), his maroon colored fabric headband ($22,400), black faded to green military cargo pants ($15,625), original, military-grade, custom built Hoyt Spectra brand, take down compound bow ($31,250), a number 6 “Hero” survival knife of 10 custom knives ($51,200), Rambo’s green military duffel bag ($16,000), a rubber M60 machine gun stunt prop ($16,000); an original hero "MK-9" knife, aka “The Heartstopper” Dietmar Pohl, from Rambo: Last Blood ($32,000) and more.

Other standouts from the auction include (with winning bids):

• Stallone’s original handwritten screenplay pages from the Rocky sequels including the 1985 boxing sequel Rocky IV ($89,600), 1982’s Rocky III ($64,000), 1979’s Rocky II ($51,200) and the 2006 sequel Rocky Balboa ($18,750);

• Nike brand yellow leather boxing boots worn by Stallone ($62,500) and Nike brand white leather boxing boots custom-made for Stallone, both from Rocky III ($43,750);

• Stallone’s pair of red Tuf-Wear brand boxing gloves from Rocky III ($32,000);

• Black Everlast brand boxing gloves signed by Sylvester Stallone ($19,200) and Everlast boxing gloves worn by Stallone as Rocky ($16,000), both pairs from the fifth installment of the series, Rocky Balboa;

• A Luminor Panerai PVD Marina Militaire 5218-202/A wristwatch worn by Stallone in the fourth installment Rambo ($57,600);

• A life-size, display figure costume designed by Gianni Versace of the character "Judge Dredd" played by Stallone ($34,375) made for exhibition purposes at Planet Hollywood (which Stallone was a founding partner in) restaurant locations and the prototype helmet also designed by Gianni Versace for Stallone in the film Judge Dredd ($11,250);

• A limited edition (1 of 5) first draft of the script for Rocky custom produced by Stallone ($28,800);

• A “Gold” record award presented to Stallone for the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the soundtrack to Rocky ($21,875);

• Items from the The Expendables film series including, a photo-matched Pendleton brand wool coat ($11,250), a Luminor Panerai 1950 Regatta Rattrapante wristwatch worn by Stallone in his role as Barney Ross ($19,200), a large original acrylic on canvas painting executed as a prototype poster design for The Expendables 2 ($11,250) and more;

• A binder containing prints of storyboard scenes created by Thomas J. Wright, with notes by Stallone, from Rocky II ($19,200);

• An acrylic shadowbox display commemorating the final scene from Rocky III which was displayed in Stallone’s bedroom ($22,400);

• Original artwork hand-embellished in acrylic by Stallone and signed by Stallone of blown-up movie still photographs from Rocky such as, a scene depicting Rocky Balboa kissing his dog ($35,200), the iconic image of the boxer jogging on the street ($31,250) and a scene of Rocky punching slabs of meat hung on hooks ($25,000) –all of which sold well over their original estimate of $2,000 each;

• Items from the Creed film series including Sylvester Stallone’s original handwritten screenplay for what would become Creed ($16,000), wool fedora hat from the 2015 original film ($10,240), leather jacket and two pairs of Converse brand tennis shoes ($12,800) from Creed II, Hollister brand cardigan from the sequel ($11,520) and more;

• A bronze sculpture, depicting the forearms of Stallone as Rocky Balboa, designed and produced by Stallone ($10,240);

• An original life-sized assemblage sculpture of Rocky Balboa created by artist Leo Sewell ($11,520);

• An axe handle from the film F.I.S.T. signed by cast members - including Stallone, who played Johnny Kovak ($11,520);

• A rubber stunt mask prop in the image of Stallone as John Rambo from Rambo: Last Blood ($10,000) and more.

Iconic artifacts from action, genre and sci-fi classics notably from the Star Wars and Terminator franchises ruled the auction galaxy including Liam Neeson's stunt dueling lightsaber made for his character, Qui-Gon Jinn, in the 1999 blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I - The Phanton Menace ($38,400) and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s black leather biker jacket, gray Hanes "Beefy" XL T-shirt and leather pants costume worn in his iconic role in Terminator 2 ($38,400). Other marquee highlights featured at the two-day event included: John Travolta’s original two-piece Perry Ellis suit worn in his iconic role as mob hit man Vincent Vega in the cult classic film Pulp Fiction ($25,600); an original print black and white publicity photograph of the cast from Casablanca signed by Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, and Humphrey Bogart ($22,400); Bruce Lee’s custom-made black nunchaku ($28,800); Patrick Swayze’s Spyder brand surfboard used in his iconic role as Bodhi in the film Point Break and hand signed by Swayze and inscribed "100% pure adrenaline!" ($16,000); an original Heckler & Koch MP5 machine gun used by Bruce Willis as John McClane in the action film classic Die Hard where Willis can be seen with the polyurethane movie prop extensively throughout the film ($25,600); a $1,000,000 poker chip from the 2006 film Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig ($16,000); a 14K yellow gold money clip with a drawing of Jack Benny, inscribed "To Mel" in Benny's facsimile handwriting ($12,800); Gal Gadot’s gold Wonder Woman lasso of truth made of urethane rubber and cast from a real beaded lasso ($12,800); a copy of "Grays Sports Almanac - Complete Sports Statistics: 1950-2000" produced for the classic sci-fi film Back to the Future Part II ($28,800, seven times its original estimate of $4,000); a visual effects starship model used in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ($25,600); a custom designed Baldoni brand accordion played by Vlasta Krsek, the "International Queen of Polka," in the classic 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off ($12,500) and more.

Over 1,200 of Hollywood’s most famous pop culture relics from the Golden Age of Hollywood to today’s modern and contemporary film and television classics such as costumes, props, memorabilia and personal items owned and used by Hollywood’s most legendary icons as well as the Estates of Carl Reiner and Mel Blanc were presented. Julien’s Auctions also held Property from the Collection of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark on Saturday, December 5th, 2021 in Beverly Hills and online and delivered spooktacular results such as the sale of one of the 3 original "Elvira" black dresses, worn on the TV series Elvira's Movie Macabre (sold for $28,800) and the first numbered unit (of 199) of a limited edition, "Elvira's House of Horrors" pinball machine (sold for $32,000).

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