Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion

Lustgartenstraße 6, Ladenburg, Germany 68526

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Im September 1989 fand im Ladenburger Kaiserkeller unsere erste Spielzeugauktion statt. Die Fotos zu unserem Katalog entstanden auf einer alten Tiefkühltruhe. Unsere Vorbesichtigung fand in einem ca. 30 m² großem Ausstellungsraum statt. Die Auktionsartikel befanden sich in kleinen Beuteln, welche in Stapelkisten bis an die Decken gestapelt waren. Manche Kunden verbrachten hier einen ganzen Tag um sich alle Objekte anschauen zu können. Versteigert wurden ca. 600 Artikel, einige waren sogar auf kleinen schwarz/weiß Abbildungen abgebildet. Der Auktionssaal befand sich in einem altem Gewölbe...Read More
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  • Auction Result
    Rarities and Novelties Rise to the Top at Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion’s April 2, 2022 Premier Steiff Sale

    It's always thrilling to watch an auction full of magical temptations. Such was the case at the April 2nd, 2022 premier Steiff sale hosted by Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH of Ladenburg, Germany. Steiff's Teddy bears, dolls, animals, and novelties have been collector's favorites since the turn of the last century. Today, bidders continue to compete ferociously for the finest and rarest button-in-ear branded items appearing at auction. Here are five lots that wowed, surprised, and awed enthusiasts from this recent sales event. Lot #5103, dark blonde mohair Teddy bear from Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion’s premier Steiff sale. Image courtesy of Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. This first auction highlight certainly gave the crowd the warm fuzzies! This was lot #5103, an 18-inch tall, fully jointed Teddy bear made from dark blonde mohair. "Born" in the early 20th century, this lovely lady featured Steiff's traditional and period black shoe button eyes, hand-embroidered features, center seam construction, and a blank button as her Steiff ID. She carried a presale estimate of around USD 1,800 to $3,600; she traded hands at $22,000. What made this bear such a winner? Steiff's center seam bears— a construction detail appearing on only one out of seven Steiff turn of last century cubs— always catch the eyes, and pocketbooks, of collectors, given their rarity. Her blank button status also significantly added to her appeal and collectability. And then there's always that "X" factor. In this case, her big but not too big size, production era, and classic presentation probably had a lot to do with her success. She "called" to a collector, and they just had to have her! Lot #5099, a fully jointed Golliwog doll from Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion’s premier Steiff sale. Image courtesy of Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. Steiff dolls from the first quarter of the 20th century are of great interest to Steiff, doll, and militaria collectors. So it isn't a surprise that two of these category bridging examples made headlines in this premier event. The first was lot #5099, a 16-inch tall, fully jointed Golliwog doll based on author Florence Kate Upton's fictional book characters introduced in the late 1800s.…

  • Auction Industry
    It’s a Bear Affair at Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion’s April Steiff Special Sale

    Steiff brand dolls, bears, and toys continue to hold the interest, fascination, and wallets of collectors worldwide. Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH of Ladenburg, Germany has a long tradition of offering premier button-in-ear selections in its auctions, so it is no surprise that the upcoming April 2, 2022 sales event presents amazing pre-war temptations gathered from across Europe and North America. Here are five fine Teddy bears certain to call to arctophiles worldwide— and what makes them so extraordinary from collector and historical perspectives. Steiff “Teddy Rose” bear. Image courtesy of Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. This first selection is as welcoming as a fresh bouquet of spring flowers. Here we have a bright yellow example of Steiff's legacy "Teddy Rose" bear. It is lot #5142 and has a pre-auction estimate of USD 7,500 to $15,000. This very appealing Ted is 17 inches tall, is made from long, fluffy mohair, and has a distinct appearance and personality. Teddy Rose was produced in soft pink or yellow mohair and was designed in part to be the ultimate “arm candy” accessory for stylish women. Steiff manufactured the Teddy Rose in five sizes, ranging from 23 centimeters to 36 centimeters, measured sitting, from 1925 through 1930. According to Steiff company records, only 5,271 yellow and 4,794 pink versions of Teddy Rose were manufactured. As such, these 1920s Teds are seldom seen on the secondary market, drive collectors wild, and have realized over $20,000 at auction in the past. Steiff Teddy bear from the mid-1930s. Image courtesy of Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. The second not-so-hidden gem in this sale is lot #5140, a 40-inch tall Steiff Teddy bear from the mid-1930s. It is estimated at $3,700 to $7,400. This big guy— perhaps originally manufactured as a store or window display given his scale— is made from an unusual fabric in an unusual size. He might be one-of-a-kind or one of just a handful produced. He is not noted in Steiff's standard catalogs or reference materials. Steiff bears traditionally are made from mohair, a high-end material that gives them a soft look and incredible durability. But this example has wartime-era…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH’s November 6, 2021 Auction is the Company’s Largest Exclusively Steiff Sale of all Time, Realizing Over $670,000 with 100% Sell-Through

    This breathtaking event featured an important collection of prewar Teddy bears, archive and one-of-a-kind rarities, cloth dolls, pristine midcentury exemplars, and other premier button-in-ear Steiff treasures. Ladenburg, Germany, November 16, 2021 - Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion's 367 lot mid-autumn signature Steiff Special Auction sale attracted buyers from every continent and generated heart stopping results from start to finish. Prices noted include the company's buyer's premium, and are converted from Euro to US Dollars.  Bonzo Dog Outstanding, early turn of last century Teddy bears took many of the top lot slots in this exciting sale. * Lot #3960, a large and remarkably appealing brass center seamed mohair cub, was estimated at $1,368 - $2,736 and sold for $36,341.60. This handsome, turn of last century example was fully jointed and measured about 20" standing. His period features included black shoe button eyes and a prominent back hump. He retained its long trailing "F" ear button as his Steiff ID. * Lot #3998, an unusual white mohair bear from c. 1905, was estimated at $855 - $1,710 and made $23,761.82. This 16" tall showstopper was softly stuffed and retained his early, prized blank button. He was detailed with black shoe button eyes, a brown embroidered nose and mouth, and a very fuzzy muzzle; bears from this era usually have shaved muzzles. * Lot #3995, an extraordinarily rare 16" tall white mohair Dicky bear with all IDs, was estimated at $4,788  - $9,576 and traded hands at $20,966.31. This marvelous example from c. 1930 had stenciled velvet paw pads and pink airbrushed facial highlights. The only other white Dicky bear with a chest tag our Steiff experts know of resides in the Steiff archives in Giengen, Germany. * Lot #4194, an adorable Petsy bear from the late 1920s, was estimated at $969 - $1,938 and realized $14,676.42. Always popular with collectors, this charming 16" tall cub retained his Steiff ID button and featured long tipped mohair, blue and black glass pupil eyes, large rounded ears placed low on his head, and a prominent center seam face. One-of-a-kind archival treasures and absolute rarities also caught the attention…

  • Auction Industry
    It’s a Collector’s Dream Come True at Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion’s November Steiff Special

    In the mood for some spectacular vintage Steiff temptations? Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH will be offering some of the most desirable button-in-ear brand bears, animals, and novelties as part of its November 6th, 2021 sale. Many of these items are from the coveted prewar period. They include one-off rarities, treasures from the archives, and antique treats in practically like-new condition. As a Steiff enthusiast and educator for over four decades, I've never seen a more incredible grouping. Although it’s impossible to choose favorites, here are five picks from this sale that will unquestionably catch the attention of antique doll, toy, and Steiff enthusiasts. They certainly caught mine! Lot #3968, Steiff Bonzo. Image from Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. The first is lot #3968, an astonishingly rare, fully jointed velvet Bonzo. He measures 8.5 inches tall and dates from around 1927. His IDs include his button and red ear tag which is numbered 5417. These digits indicate that Bonzo is jointed, velvet, and measures 17 centimeters sitting. He is painted by hand, making him a one-of-a-kind work of art. His proportions and detailing are breathtaking. Bonzo was a popular cartoon character created by British artist George Studdy in the early 1920s. Studdy tightly controlled Bonzo's marketing and licensing. Steiff wanted to produce Bonzo and sent samples to Studdy for his approval. Studdy preferred a version produced by Chad Valley. He felt that Steiff's Bonzo was a poor interpretation. However, before getting Studdy's feedback, Steiff jumped the gun and started making Bonzos. The company produced 115 examples before terminating the work. Today, these cherished canines very seldomly appear on the secondary market. They have consistently realized over USD 25,000 in the past. Lot #3969, Steiff “Pupp-Bully” dog doll. Image from Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. The second highlight can only be described as "wah-hoo good!" It is lot #3969, a Steiff "Pupp-Bully" dog doll from around 1929 or 1930. He stands 10 inches tall and has the head of Steiff's Bully the Bulldog. This doll has a soft, humanized body. He wears a cream shirt with a salmon tie, blue shorts and shoes, a belt, and felt…