Rudolph and his nose-so-bright into auction will take flight

LOS ANGELES (AP) – 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 in the perennially beloved stop-motion animation Christmas special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer are going up for auction.

Auction house Profiles in History announced on Thursday that a six-inch-tall Rudolph and 11-inch-tall Santa used to animate the 1964 TV special are being sold together in the auction that starts November 13 and are expected to fetch between USD150,000 and USD250,000.

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.”

Santa Claus and the Rudolph puppet used in the filming of the 1964 Christmas special ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ PHOTO: AP