This lantern is very fragile, made from thin paper. To have the opportunity to acquire one of this quality and in this condition is a rare event in and of itself. This collapsible form doesn't lend itself to longevity, as you can well imagine. Beistle only made this lantern for a few seasons. As I point out in my book, the cat's head was also used as part of the art of Beistle's I'm a Dumbskull game.
10/27 Update: Whoowee! The lantern sold for an astonishing $455, increasing the number of examples wherein vintage Beistle items have sold for unsustainable, some would say insane, prices.