Wanna buy the ORIGINAL Rocky Balboa sculpture from “Rocky III?” Too bad, it’s not for sale. But the BACKUP statue is about to hit the auction block. The artist behind the piece, A. Thomas Schomberg, made two versions of the iconic sculpture for the 1982 flick … #1 was used in the movie and #2 was a backup in case anything bad happened.
What you see: A limited edition monumental bronze statue of Rocky Balboa, commissioned from sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg for the 1982 film Rocky III. SCP Auctions estimates it at $500,000-plus.
The Rocky statue is one of Philadelphia’s most iconic sights. People line up everyday, often fresh off a run up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps to pose with the bronze behemoth. A second Rocky statue, made by A. Thomas Schomberg at the same time as the original, is about to be sold by SCP Auctions as part of their 2017 Fall Premier Auction.
The heavyweight title belt that James Braddock won in his famed “Cinderella Man” upset victory against Max Baer to claim the world championship is on the auction block. SCP Auctions, a Laguna Niguel, California-based auction house, has Braddock’s Ring Magazine championship belt in its “Winter Premier Auction” that runs through Saturday.
The remembrances of Muhammad Ali continued to flood in Friday as the boxing great was laid to rest in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. But for a legendary figure like Ali, his life is remembered in more than just stories and fleeting memories — everything he touched, everywhere he went, Ali created a physical universe of items that people across the globe have sought out as tangible reminders of his legacy.