LOS ANGELES (AP) — And how the bidders liked him!
A purchaser shouted out with glee that they might pay $368,000 for the Rudolph and Santa Claus figures used within the perennially beloved Christmas particular “Rudolph the Pink Nosed Reindeer.”
Bidding for the figures soared previous the projected sale value of between $150,000 and $200,000 on Friday on the Icons & Legends of Hollywood Public sale held in Los Angeles by Profiles in Historical past.
The customer was not recognized. The vendor was Peter Lutrario, 65, of New York, who advised The Related Press earlier than the public sale that he thought he would by no means half with the dolls however wished to have the ability to maintain his kids and grandchildren with the cash.
The figures have been amongst a number of used to make the 1964 stop-motion animation tv particular.
The 6-inch-tall Rudolph and 11-inch-tall Santa have been made in Tokyo of wooden, wire, material and leather-based, and are nonetheless malleable. Rudolph’s nostril nonetheless lights up. Santa’s beard is comprised of yak hair.
Different highlights from the two-day public sale embrace Marilyn Monroe’s tiger-striped robe from “The Seven Yr Itch,” which bought for a whopping $593,750. One other Monroe robe that she wore when she met Queen Elizabeth II at a London movie premiere went for $294,400.
A Scarlett O’Hara gown that Vivien Leigh wore in “Gone With the Wind” and Gene Kelly’s rain swimsuit from “Singin’ within the Rain” bought for $150,000 apiece.
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