The price tag alone will knock you out! Sylvester Stallone adds famous Rocky statue to his personal collection for $400K
Sylvester Stallone gave himself a very personal gift this Christmas.
The 71-year-old Rocky actor, sources told TMZ, plunked down more than $400,000 for a statue of his iconic cinematic character, Rocky.
The statue - which stands at nine-feet-tall and weighs 1,800 pounds - was a backup produced for the 1982 installment in the boxing anthology, Rocky III, and produced by A. Thomas Schomberg, the sculptor who made the original figure, which stands in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Gonna fly now: Sylvester Stallone, 71, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, 70, posed together at Sly's LA home in front of a backup statue of Rocky made for Rocky III, which Sly recently plunked $400K for, according to TMZ
The statue Sly bought was being kept at the now-defunct San Diego Hall of Champions, but the museum closed its doors this past summer. The valuable piece of movie memorabilia was subsequently put on sale by the auctioneer SCP Auctions.
A company rep told the outlet that a customer in Los Angeles purchased the statue, which was prominently displayed in the background of a Christmas Day shot Stallone took with pal Arnold Schwarzenegger and shared on on Instagram.
'Well look who [dropped] by on Christmas!' Stallone wrote. '@schwarzenegger always fills the room with positive energy!'
In the shot, Stallone wore a white collared button-up shirt with black pants, while Schwarzenegger went festive with a red sweater with black pants.
The New York native, who's currently working on the sequels to Creed and Escape Plan, also shared a shot he took with his family in front of the Christmas tree in their home. He posed with wife Jennifer Flavin and daughters Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.
Fantastic figure: Sly posed in front of the original statue in Philadelphia in 2015
On screen: Sly spoke in front of the statue in Rocky 3, which co-starred Mr. T and Hulk Hogan
Philadelphia freedom: The famed figure is located in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The two silver screen tough guys are not only good friends, but colleagues as well, as they've co-starred in movies such as Escape Plan and The Expendables.
It wasn't always such a rosy relationship however, as Arnold in October described the fierce professional rivalry that developed between them at this fall's Beyond Fest in Los Angeles.
'I’m so glad we straightened out our mess because it wasn’t pretty,' Arnold said in a Q&A to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his film Predator at the film event, SlashFilm reported. 'We were attacking each other in the press relentlessly. We called each other names and called out our weak points, and it was so competitive.'
Happy day: Stallone posed with his (L-R) wife Jennifer Flavin and daughters Scarlet, Sistine and Sophia
Foes-turned-friends: The men had a fierce rivalry in the 80s and 90s, but have since made amends and shared the silver screen in a number of feature films
The competition between the actors - who each headlined blockbuster action movies throughout the 80s and 90s - centered around who had the better build, box office revenues, on-screen killing totals and even the size of their on-screen weapons.
'He had to use bigger weapons,' Arnold said. 'So then it was a competition of who had the biggest gun, and then who uses the biggest knife. Do you remember the Rambo knife became so big it was like a sword? No one has a knife like that!
'But Stallone had one built, so I had to come in with a bigger one - this is how it went.'
Strongmen: The tandem posed together at a 2015 screening of Sly's film Creed in LA
Strongmen: Sly and Arnold shared the screen in the 2013 action film Escape Plan
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