Thank you, Sylvester Stallone. And thank you, donor Bob Breitbard. The life-size “Rocky” bronze statue that, for years, raised its arms in victory in the San Diego Hall of Champions has a new private owner, who paid $403,657 for the privilege. The statue, a replica of the figure standing by the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art commissioned by Stallone for the 1982 “Rocky III” film, was one of 217 lots of Hall of Champions’ sports memorabilia offered online by SCP Auctions to fund the ongoing programs of the dismantled Balboa Park museum.
The online bidding in SCP Auctions’ 2017 Fall Premier auction ended early Sunday morning with Lot #1 – an original 12-foot-tall, 1,800-pound “Rocky” bronze statue, one of two identical examples created by noted sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg for use in the 1982 film “Rocky III” – leading the way with a final realized price of $403,657. Next up was a rare 1966-67 UCLA home jersey worn by Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he was still known as Lew Alcindor during the first of his three NCAA title-winning seasons with the Bruins, which went for $137,849.
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.
Hundreds of pieces of sports memorabilia are hitting the auction block Wednesday via SCP Auctions’ Fall Catalog. Among the headliners are a pair of Michael Jordan’s 1984 Summer Olympics game-worn and dual signed Converse shoes, two Olympic medals won by U.S.sprinter Jim Hines during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Wilt Chamberlain’s 1971 NBA All-Star Game jersey, numerous items from the recently closed San Diego Hall of Champions as well as select items from late Baseball Hall of Famer Mel Ott’s personal collection and one of collecting’s rarest baseball cards—a T206 Ty Cobb with the Cobb Tobacco advertising back.
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.
Goodbye, Rocky. The iconic statue of Rocky Balboa that stood victoriously, and fittingly, in Balboa Park, for years is on the auction block. The nearly 13-foot-high bronze figure is a replica of the statue featured in the 1982 “Rocky III” film that now sits near the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps where Sylvester Stallone’s character trained. The only other replica is owned by sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg.