Original puppets from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appear on eBay — they’re not cheap

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Rudolph’s red nose is pulling in a lot more than Santa’s sleigh these days.

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A pair of puppets from the classic 1964 stop motion Rankin/Bass TV special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” were spotted up for grabs on eBay for a mind blowing $10 million. The seller is self-proclaimed “1960s Hollywood memorabilia collector” Peter Lutrario, who bought the Santa and Rudolph pieces in 2010 by a friend of Rick Goldschmidt, a Rankin/Bass expert, reported PIX1 News.


His reason for listing the items at the staggering price? “I was just curious to see what the market would bear,” Lutrario told PIX11. His decision to sell them is curious considering he once told CNN they held a special place in his heart.

“I never thought I would get the opportunity to own these dolls,” he said during a 2015 interview. “[They] represent what Christmas is to me.” Goldschmidt is unhappy that the priceless items are being auctioned off. He hopes they go to a museum so they can be enjoyed by fans. “It’s just sad to see the puppets being put on eBay,” he told reporters. “People love to see them. It’s something that’s a treasured part of Americana,” he said. “I’d like to see it in a museum — not in someone’s briefcase.Regardless of where they end up, Goldschmidt doesn’t believe the’ll fetch anywhere near $10 million.“No one’s going to pay $10 million,” he said. “Not even a museum or the Smithsonian.”

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The eBay page for the items read, “These 2 puppets are Certainly one of the Most Iconic and Famous Collectibles in the entire World, and are certainly the Most Famous Holiday and Christmas Props In the History of Television. We are dealing with something Magnificent and Iconic on a Level all its own.”

It continues, “To many, they are Christmas. We all grew up with them, and they are Recognizable in an instant by every generation. Couple that with the fact that they are ONE OF A KIND.”

For any people who have several million lying around, you’ve got until Dec. 25 to place your bid, and shipping’s free!

(H/T EW)

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