A puppet replica of Steven Spielberg sold for $16,500 during an auction of works by puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft.

The puppet, dressed in a red shirt and gray sweater and wearing metal eyeglasses, was valued at $3,000 to $5,000 before the auction Sunday.The sale featured dozens of characters from the TV shows "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Lidsville," "Land of the Lost" and "D.C. Follies."

Claudia de Llano, a publicist for the Beverly Hills auction, said she didn't know who bought the Spielberg puppet. Representatives for Michael Jackson bought 15 items, she said. She didn't know how much he paid.

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