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French bisque bébé by Emile Jumeau estimated at  $8000-11,000 in the January 11-12 auction at Theriault's.

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The sale will be held in Santa Barbara to benefit the Bellosguardo Foundation which oversees the coastal property there bequeathed by Huguette as a future arts centre.

More than 400 dolls and automata will be on sale. Among them will be a 2ft (61cm) French bisque bébé by Emile Jumeau. Clark favoured dresses from Christian Dior and in the early 1960s she presented the Parisian couture house with a project to create exclusive costumes for her French bébé dolls.

This doll wears a four-piece silk Petit Prince costume which has a Christian Dior label to the jacket and to an additional jacket.

The estimate is $8000-11,000.

theriaults.com