Captain Kangaroo puppets star in Nate D. Sanders memorabilia auction
Rare memorabilia from the worlds of film, television, sport and space features in the current online sale.
Following on from the sale of the Captain Kangaroo’s famous ‘Dancing Bear’ costume, which sold for $207,019 in May this year, auction house Nate D. Sanders will offer two more characters from the classic children’s television show – the original Mr Bunny Rabbit and Mr Moose hand puppets.
Created and performed by puppeteer Cosmo Allegretti, who passed away in August 2013 at the age of 86, the characters were much-loved staples on the show which ran from 1955 until 1984.
Mr Bunny Rabbit was well-known to children as a loveable carrot thief, while Mr Moose was known for his terrible ‘knock knock’ jokes, accompanied by a shower of ping pong balls.
Both puppets come from the estate of the Captain himself, Bob Keeshan, with the only other pair in existence on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution’s History of Entertainment Collection.
Elsewhere, the auction includes a diverse selection of movie memorabilia ranging from a screen worn Leonardo DiCaprio costume from the 1997 blockbuster ‘Titanic’, to watches owned by the Three Stooges legend Moe Howard.
Exceptional space memorabilia will also feature, with the top lots including an Apollo 11-flown U.S flag signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and an Apollo 8-flown flag signed by Frank Borman, William Anders and Jim Lovell.
Other notable lots will include a highly rare 1910 baseball World Series trophy presented to Philadelphia Athletics catcher Jack Lapp; a range of handwritten letter and documents signed by figures including Bruce Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Lee Harvey Oswald; a 1960s Santos football shirt worn by Pele, from the personal collection of his Brazil team mate Marco Antonio Feliciano; and Chet “The Jet” Walker’s 2012 Baketball Hall of Fame induction ring.
"This auction has the very best in movie memorabilia, television memorabilia, space memorabilia and sports memorabilia and most will sell in the tens of or hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said auctioneer Nate D. Sanders.