The figures of Rudolph and Santa from the classic 1964 Christmas special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” are hitting the auction block. They’re being sold together and they’re expected to fetch up to $250,000.
Rudolph is six inches tall, and Santa is 11. They’re made of wood, wire, cloth, and leather, while Santa’s beard is yak hair. Rudolph’s nose still lights up. And even after more than 50 years, you can still move them like the original animators did.
The Staten Island collector who’s parting with them says he wants something to leave to his grandchildren. Quote, “I always said I would die with the dolls. I’m just putting the family first.” (Fox 43)