[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 08:41 GMT
Star Stallone donates Rocky props
Sylvester Stallone with Rocky props
Stallone said the Rocky series "represents a journey of hope"
Actor Sylvester Stallone has donated props from his Rocky films to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

The memorabilia includes a boxing robe from the first Oscar-winning film in the series and a set of boxing gloves from the second.

"I knew I was getting old, but I didn't think I would be with the dinosaurs so soon," joked the actor.

Stallone is currently promoting Rocky Balboa, the sixth film in the series.

A pair of red, white and blue boxing shorts from Rocky III also forms part of the donation.

The props will be displayed in the museum's Treasures of American History exhibition, alongside a cornet played by jazz star Louis Armstrong and one of singer Ray Charles's tuxedos.

Heavyweight title

The exhibition itself will be housed at the National Air and Space Museum while the Museum of American History is closed for renovation.

Curator Dwight Bowers said the memorabilia "could not be better in conveying the interplay of sports and entertainment in American film history".

The original Rocky, released in 1976, told the story of a small-time boxer from Philadelphia who gets a shot at the world heavyweight title.

Rocky Balboa, which Stallone also directs, is released in the US on 20 December.

Rocky triumphs in statue art row
07 Sep 06 |  Entertainment
Stallone ends 'real Rocky' fight
09 Aug 06 |  Entertainment
Stallone filming Rocky comeback
04 Dec 05 |  Entertainment

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific