Sylvester Stallone's rare book library to sell at Heritage Auctions
Sylvester Stallone's personal library of rare books will be offered for sale at Heritage Auctions next month.
Back in December 2015, the Dallas auction house sold a vast collection of Stallone's personal memorabilia, including props and costumes from his movie career, for a combined total of more than $3 million.
Amongst this collection were many of Stallone's antique boxing books, which proved invaluable he worked on screenplays for the Rocky series of movies. Prior to the sale, he stated:
"These books provided so much insight into the sport and the colorful characters who participate in boxing. [They] provided voluminous amounts of material for me to draw on."
Now Heritage's upcoming sale of Rare Books in New York will include hundreds of further volumes from Stallone's library, with rare works by the likes of Walt Whitman, Sir Walter Scott and Washington Irving.
"Stallone is one of the most accomplished screenwriters of our time," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "It is little surprise his library is filled with limited edition and rare examples of works from the giants of literature — many of which include rare signatures by the authors themselves."
One of the sale's leading highlights is a highly rare set of The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman, published in 1902. One of just 300 editions, the 12-volume set also comes with an 1890 hand-written postcard from Whitman himself, and is estimated to sell for $4,000+.
Further lots offered with signatures by the authors include a 1902, leather-bound, 10-volume set of Sir Walter Scott's The Waverly Novels, offered with a one-page autographed letter, estimated at $2,000+; and a 1900, 22-volume set of the Complete Writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, featuring a customs certificate signed by Hawthorne, valued at $1,500.
Additional highlights amongst the 45 lots on offer include a 1886 first-edition set of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace; a 40-volume set of the Works of Washington Irving, 1895-1987; an 18-volume set of The Complete Works of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; and finely bound copies of works by Francis Bacon, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Browne and John Burroughs.
The Heritage Auctions Rare Books sale takes place in New York on March 8.