Chattanooga Times Free Press

Ru­dolph, Santa pup­pets get new home

- BY AN­DREW DAL­TON Toys · Consumer Goods · Los Angeles · Staten Island · Staten Island · New York · Tokyo · Misfit Wearables

LOS AN­GE­LES — Ru­dolph and his still-shiny nose are get­ting a new home, and it’s bound to be a lot nicer than the Is­land of Mis­fit Toys.

The soar­ing rein­deer and Santa Claus fig­ures who starred in the peren­ni­ally beloved stop­mo­tion an­i­ma­tion Christ­mas spe­cial “Ru­dolph the Red Nosed Rein­deer” are go­ing up for auc­tion.

Auc­tion house Pro­files in His­tory an­nounced Thurs­day that a 6-inch-tall Ru­dolph and 11- inch- tall Santa used to an­i­mate the 1964 TV spe­cial are be­ing sold to­gether in the auc­tion that starts Nov. 13 and are ex­pected to fetch be­tween $150,000 and $250,000.

Col­lec­tor Peter Lu­trario of Staten Is­land, New York, thought they might be the only items he would never sell, but when he re­cently turned 65 he thought about having some­thing to leave for his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

“I al­ways said I would die with the dolls,” he told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “I’m just putting the fam­ily first.”

The fig­ures were made by Ja­panese pup­pet maker Ichiro Ko­muro and used for the film­ing of the show at Tadaito Mochi­naga’s MOM Pro­duc­tions in Tokyo.

Lu­trario, who bought them about 15 years ago af­ter see­ing them ap­praised on “An­tiques Roadshow” on PBS, says that even af­ter well over five decades you can ma­nip­u­late them as the orig­i­nal an­i­ma­tors did.

 ?? PRO­FILES IN HIS­TORY VIA AP ?? The Santa Claus and Ru­dolph rein­deer pup­pets used in the film­ing of the 1964 Christ­mas spe­cial “Ru­dolph the RedNosed Rein­deer” are go­ing up for auc­tion.
PRO­FILES IN HIS­TORY VIA AP The Santa Claus and Ru­dolph rein­deer pup­pets used in the film­ing of the 1964 Christ­mas spe­cial “Ru­dolph the RedNosed Rein­deer” are go­ing up for auc­tion.

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