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Dolls made by Bergen-Belsen victims after liberation

‘Liberation dolls’ come to auction in Newbury

09 May 2022

When the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated on April 15, 1945, a party of British Red Cross nurses and doctors stayed and tended those they could help back to health.

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Doll was given with royal seal of approval

31 January 2022

An English all-wooden doll originally presented by Queen Charlotte to her goddaughter sold for $200,000 (£148,000) at a US auction.

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Sindy sought by nostalgia-minded collectors

31 January 2022

These days, marketing a doll as Sindy’s saucy sister would be problematic. And the less said about outfits titled Hockey Honey or School Days, the better.

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Playtime in the saleroom at Hartleys

22 November 2021

Top names in their different fields, ages and markets, Wurlitzer and Armand Marseilles were the star makers at Hartleys (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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The 6cm shoes for adults

22 November 2021

The auction at toy specialist C&T (22% buyer’s premium) in Kenardington, Kent, on November 3 included this very rare pair of doll’s shoes dated to c.1700.

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Pocket size Pippa Dolls size up nicely at auction

16 August 2021

By the 1980s toy action figures were shrinking in size from GI Joe and Action Man proportions to the likes of Action Force and Star Wars.

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19th century French doll sold for a startling six-figure price

16 August 2021

This rare French Emile Jumeau bisque-headed character doll from c.1892, with a distinctive light brown complexion, turned heads in a US saleroom.

English wooden doll

Best dressed Georgian girl brings $250,000 at US auction

24 May 2021

At 2ft 5in (74cm) high, this English made wooden doll c.1740 is unusually large.

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Doll and Deco bottle soar above estimates

08 February 2021

This Oriental Bru Jeune No 7 doll was one of the successful entries in the January 21 Antiques and Design sale at Cottone (20% buyer’s premium).

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18th century Neapolitan world in miniature comes to US auction

25 January 2021

It was not uncommon in the 18th century for a doll to be presented within its own miniature doll-scaled world.

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Go through the keyhole to find special appeal of 19th century doll’s house

13 July 2020

A 19th century doll’s house sold for £8500 at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) – but its real appeal came from what was inside.

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Four-figure bids for a Victorian des res in miniature

16 March 2020

The first specialist sale of dolls and dolls’ houses at Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium) of Bury St Edmunds was based mainly around a single collection.

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Prince charming doll by Jumeau

09 December 2019

On January 11-12 the specialist doll auction firm Theriault’s will be offering the collection of an American heiress, the late Huguette Clark.

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18th century doll’s dress brings big price

02 December 2019

The height of fashion nearly three centuries ago, this 18th century doll’s dress caught the eye at C&T’s (20% buyer’s premium) specialist sale in Tunbridge Wells.

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German doll looks pretty good in original clothes

10 December 2018

Despite some condition issues, such as composite body, right hand thumb missing and slight damage to fingers and feet, this bisque head Kämmer & Reinhardt 109 doll sold for £3900 at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) on November 23.

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Bidding battle for a ‘wrestler’

27 August 2018

Pitched at £20-40, a small bisque doll with jointed limbs, below, topped Mitchells’ (20% buyer’s premium) toys sale at Cockermouth on July 21.

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Pick of the Week The Byne Ladies will stay together

25 June 2018

Three 18th century English carved and painted wooden dolls, in the same family for over two centuries, were sold at Specialist Auction Services of Newbury on June 19.

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Very rare 17th century English doll turns heads to sell for £9500 at North Yorkshire auction

08 June 2018

Despite having lost a hand and suffering minor wear and chips to her chin, not to mention being just 5.5in (14cm) high, a doll caused a considerable stir at auction with six phone lines and internet bidders all desperate to succeed.

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Dolls head to Norway and Australia

14 May 2018

The belief that porcelain dolls are somehow sinister has taken hold in recent years – and doubtless the appearance of the rare bebe pictured below rather reinforced the bias of some who viewed the Heliers (18% buyer’s premium) sale at Blackburn.

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Sasha dolls play their part at auction

15 January 2018

Must-have Christmas presents in the Sixties and Seventies, Sasha dolls have remarkable appeal today.