A buyer shouted out with glee that they would pay $368,000 for the Rudolph and Santa Claus figures used in the perennially beloved Christmas special “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”
Bidding for the figures soared past the projected sale price of between $150,000 and $200,000 on Friday at the Icons & Legends of Hollywood Auction held in Los Angeles by Profiles in History.
The buyer was not identified. The seller was Peter Lutrario, 65, of New York, who told The Associated Press before the auction that he thought he would never part with the dolls but wanted to be able to take care of his children and grandchildren with the money.
The figures were among several used to make the 1964 stop-motion animation television special.
The 6-inch-tall Rudolph and 11-inch-tall Santa were made in Tokyo of wood, wire, cloth and leather, and are still malleable. Rudolph’s nose still lights up. Santa’s beard is made from yak hair.
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Where are the figurines from Rudolph?
Original figures from the 1964 "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" stop-motion film have arrived at Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts.
Who owns the puppets from Rudolph the Red
Following production in Tokyo, the puppets were housed at the Rankin/Bass Productions offices in New York until the early 1970s when they were passed down to a series of owners. Producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. gifted the puppets to his secretary, who eventually passed them to her nephew.
How big were the figurines in Rudolph?
The figures were among several used to make the 1964 stop-motion animation television special. The 6-inch-tall Rudolph and 11-inch-tall Santa were made in Tokyo of wood, wire, cloth and leather, and are still malleable. Rudolph's nose still lights up.
How much did the Rudolph the Red
The pair were sold by collector Peter Lutrario, of Staten Island, for $368,000 during an auction in Los Angeles. They were originally expected to fetch $150,000-$200,000 when auction house Profiles in History put them up for sale on Nov.