The filmmaker on Tuesday donated several iconic items from his series of movies featuring the gritty Philadelphia prizefighter to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. “I knew I was getting old, but I didn’t think I would be with the dinosaurs so soon,” Stallone said, laughing. “No, actually, I’m really unbelievably overwhelmed.”
Among the items were the robe Stallone wore to the ring for the climactic fight with Apollo Creed in 1976’s Rocky, the signature black hat and a pair of autographed boxing gloves from Rocky II (1979) and a pair of boxing trunks and shoes from Rocky III (1982).
“The story of Rocky Balboa, an underdog from the urban working class, is a quintessential depiction of the American dream,” museum director Brent D. Glass said. “This donation reflects the resilient spirit of the nation and is a welcome addition to the museum’s entertainment collections.”