Soaring reindeer and Santa Claus characters in the Merry Bassmas Fish Santa Ugly Christmas Shirt long-loved long-time Christmas stop-motion animated special “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” are on sale. The Historical Records Auction House announced Thursday that a 6-inch-tall Rudolph and 11-inch-tall Santa used to animation the 1964 TV special are being sold together in the event. Auctions start November 13 and are expected to earn between 150,000 and 250,000 dollars.
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Collector Peter Lutrario of Staten Island, New York, though they might be the Merry Bassmas Fish Santa Ugly Christmas Shirt only items he would never sell, but when he turned 65, he thought of having something left behind. for your children and grandchildren.
“I always said I would die with the dolls,” he told The Associated Press. “I just put family first.”
These images were created by Japanese puppet producer Ichiro Komuro and used to film the show at Tadaito Mochinaga’s MOM Productions in Tokyo.
They are made of wood, wire, fabric and leather. Rudolph’s nose, after some minimal maintenance over the years, still lit up. The actual beards of Santa’s beard are made from yak hair.
Lutrario, who bought them about 15 years ago after seeing them appraised on “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS, says that even after more than 5 decades, you can still craft them like the original animators. head.
“They’re still malleable,” he said, “and it’s very detailed. Not only can you move your hands, feet, and head, you can also move your fingers, your thumb.
The show, produced by the Merry Bassmas Fish Santa Ugly Christmas Shirt company that would become Rankin / Bass Animated Entertainment, was first aired on December 6, 1964 on NBC in the United States. Since then, it has become a television staple with its story, based on the 1939 song, about a year when Christmas was almost canceled, the lost reindeer saved it, A goblin with dreams of becoming a dentist and an island full of toy corpses.
These numbers will come to Arthur Rankin Jr.’s New York office. and Jules Bass. Rankin then gave them to his secretary, who gave them to her nephew, who owned them until Lutrario bought them in 2005.
These characters, among some used to make a difference, were the first time auctioneers were spotted at Profiles in History, which sells rare and coveted Hollywood memorabilia.
The rarity of these puppets cannot be overstated, the company said in a statement.