Treasures from around the world are headed for the auction block. Here is your chance to own these cinematically and historically significant lots. From Rocky Balboa’s boxing gloves to the US Constitution and Georgia O’Keeffe artwork, these lots go on international auction very soon and they do make perfect Christmas presents.
Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky III boxing gloves
Bidding commences on 5 December through Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.
Many of Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone’s cherished treasures will head to the auction block next month, including these boxing gloves from the actor, screenwriter, fitness icon, author, artist and director’s personal archive of original Rocky items. Carrying an estimate of between US$10,000 to US$20,000, the leather Tuf-Wear boxing gloves are instantly recognisable icons from the 1982 sports drama Rocky III. This isn’t his only set of gloves up for sale – training boxing gloves from Rocky Balboa and those from the Creed instalments will also make an appearance at the auction.
Official Printing of the United States Constitution
Bidding commences in November through Sotheby’s in New York.
On offer from the collection of philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman, this copy of the first printing of the Constitution of the United States is the only one to remain in private hands. Estimated to fetch between US$15 million and US$20 million when it appears at Sotheby’s Evening Sales this month, it was acquired from the same auction house by Goldman’s late husband in 1988 for US$165,000. It is one of only 11 known copies of the official printing produced for the delegates to Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress, and is considered to be even rarer than the first printing of the Declaration of Independence.
Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii by Georgia O’Keeffe
Bidding commences on 17 November through Phillips in New York.
One of the most striking works to emerge from Georgia O’Keeffe’s nine-week sojourn to Hawaii in 1939, Crab’s Claw Ginger Hawaii comes to auction for the first time, carrying a top estimate of US$6 million. It was one of approximately 20 oil paintings she produced while on a commission to create images for print advertisements by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now known as Dole), and was one of two works ultimately selected for their campaign. Formerly part of Dole’s corporate collection for 40 decades, this is an opportunity to acquire a work that perfectly captures O’Keeffe’s adventurous, independent spirit.