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These old friends were Rudolph and Santa Claus, two of the puppets from the Rankin/Bass TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that Simeon millions of Americans — have seen seasonally since it debuted on NBC in 1964. Learn more about them from appraiser Simeon Lipman!

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28 Comments on Appraisal: Rudolph & Santa Characters

  1. Ugh! Beloved characters that so many have loved, carelessly thrown into a hot attic to melt! Did she have any idea what she possessed meant so much to so many? It’s horrifying. Like taking Jim Henson’s puppets and letting them rot in a dank basement. Or possessing a Monet, or a Mucha and letting your child scribble all over it. Ugh! So many artists worked on those! So many people loved them! So many people would’ve taken care of them as they should’ve been!

    I’m happy at least that these two are now restored and in good hands. They need to be in a museum somewhere.

  2. Melted in the attic?! MELTED….in THE ATTIC?! People are so irresponsibly stupid. They didn't belong there in the first place. They're not toys. Makes you sick.

  3. there are more of these out there…I just saw another Santa and Rudolph in better condition from the iconic tv show on a show called Hollywood Treasures…the owner of those claimed he had the only 2 remaining props left…after seeing this video I now know he was wrong…or his are fake…http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6c0sh5

  4. What a stupid idiot! Melted in my attic! What a stupid stupid fool! People might ask when they watch the film, “where are they now?” Answer: nowhere, they melted in some guys house.

  5. We can't really blame her. This wasn't a big thing at the time. Nobody thought of collectables back then. Even now it's only 10 grand for both?! A random reindeer would only be a grand. Not much for a television treasure.

  6. yes correct comments o know to well as my family in haste when i was young sold for mot much a massive collection of pottery dating back to the 17th century.

  7. they are in good enough condition for me, I would have auctioned on those in a heartbeat. Rudolph the red nose reindeer is my absolute FAVORITE Christmas movie and the Rudolph wasn't in that bad condition

  8. I CAN'T BELIEVE MY EYES! BE STILL MY HEART! OH MY GOD THESE ARE THE ORIGINALS! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ASTONISHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S LIKE MEETING YOUR BEST FRIENDS FROM CHILDHOOD IN PERSON! I DO BELIEVE THEY BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES WHEN I SAW THIS! AND OH MY GOD TO ONLY BE VALUED AT EIGHT TO TEN THOUSAND???? ARE THESE PEOPLE INSANE? DEAR GOD, THAT TELEVISION SPECIAL HAS AIRED YEARLY TO COUNTLESS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SINCE THE 1960's AND HAS TOUCHED THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS AS WELL! IT'S GOT TO BE WORTH A MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE FOR THE PAIR! THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! AND TO IMAGINE THESE ARE SO SHABBILY CARED FOR! I'D TREAT THEM AS PRICELESS! THEY ARE PRICELESS!!! I'm getting all worked up here! Smile….

  9. Too many ignorant, irresponsible fools out there who can't take care of their rare and valuable stuff, and the worst part is a lot of these people don't even know what they have is rare or valuable in the first place.
    Imagine what's already been destroyed or thrown away. There's countless priceless treasures in our landfills.
    Thank you Antiques Roadshow for at least trying to educate people and save our history.

  10. Sadly, not all of the figures survived this guy's mother's hot attic, but at least these 2 did.   These 2 figures were professionally restored back to perfection, after this episode of "Antiques Roadshow" was filmed, and show up from time-to-time at conventions so the public can view them.   I would kill to own these 2 figures… 🙂

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