1,400 of Sylvester Stallone’s Costumes and Personal Items Going up for Auction

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    The small-time boxer from the Philly slums ice-skates into love wearing this leather jacket, which made its first appearance in the original 1976 Rocky movie. (Estimate: $75,000) Photo by Heritage Auctions
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    In the climax of 1979’s Rocky II, the protagonist wears red Cleto Reyes lace-up gloves for his rematch with Apollo Creed, winning by a knockout. ($500,000) Photo by Faith Batchelor
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    In the 1985 Cold War epic Rocky IV, the hero wears patriotic stars-and-stripes trunks under this white robe in his Christmas-day revenge bout with Soviet thug Ivan Drago. ($10,000) Photo by Heritage Auctions
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    Vietnam vet John Rambo opens the 1982 franchise in an M-65 field jacket. “Wearing that flag on that jacket, looking the way you do, you’re asking for trouble,” says the sheriff. ($15,000) Photo by Heritage Auctions
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    Rambo forges this machete himself in 2008’s Rambo IV, using it to rescue kidnapped missionaries, decapitate a machine gunner, and disembowel his nemesis. ($15,000) Photo by Heritage Auctions
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    Rambo demonstrates his survival skills, and a singular taste in clothing, in 1982’s First Blood. On the run, he fashions this poncho from a filthy discarded tarp. ($10,000) Photo by Heritage Auctions
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Originally published in the October 2015 issue of Robb Report Collection as “Pieces of the Action

The great matchup—Rocky versus Rambo—may never have a clear winner in the endless online debate forums. But thanks to Sylvester Stallone—the characters’ creator—fans and collectors can bid on items belonging to Rocky and Rambo, as well as Judge Dredd and The Expendables leader Barney Ross. Stallone has consigned more than 1,400 costumes, props, and personal items to Heritage Auctions (ha.com) for a sale scheduled for October 14 and 15 in Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that assist veterans and wounded U.S. military personnel.

“Mr. Stallone has always loved and appreciated his fans and now he’s giving something back to them,” says Mike Gutierrez, consignment director at Heritage Auctions. “These are iconic items directly from him. I actually was slightly trembling the first time I saw these items in person and touched them. They represent an important era of Hollywood history as well as American pop culture.” 

The sale also offers the opportunity for Rocky and Rambo—or, at least, some of their most recognizable talismans of toughness—to finally face off. 

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