Rudolph, Santa figures soar to sale of $368,000 at auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — And how the bidders loved him! A buyer shouted out with glee that they'd pay $368,000 for the Rudolph and Santa Claus figures used in the beloved Christmas special "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."

The bidding soared past the projected price of up to $200,000 Friday at the Icons & Legends of Hollywood Auction held by Profiles in History.

The buyer wasn't identified. The seller was collector Peter Lutrario of New York.

The 6-inch-Rudolph, whose nose still lights up, and the 11-inch Santa were used to make the stop-motion animation television special that first aired on NBC in 1964.

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