Rocky star Sylvester Stallone has given away props from the hit string of boxing movies to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

Items listed in the donation include the boxing robe from the first ROCKY movie and a pair of boxing gloves from the second, which will both have the distinction of sharing a roof with such antiquities as Abraham Lincoln's top hat and Thomas Edison's light bulb.

Other items donated by the actor and director included a black hat from ROCKY II and his red, white and blue boxing shorts from ROCKY III.

The memorabilia will be displayed as part of the Treasures of American History exhibition, housed at the National Air and Space Museum while the Museum of American History is closed for renovation.

"These objects could not be better in conveying the interplay of sports and entertainment in American film history, but more specifically they could not better convey the importance of SYLVESTER STALLONE to the film industry," said Dwight Bowers, a curator at the National Museum of American History.

06/12/2006 09:50:45