Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion


Lustgartenstraße 6, Ladenburg, Germany 68526
962-031-3014

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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
    Auction Review: Astonishing Prices for Vintage Steiff Items at Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion

    At Auction Daily, we have been watching Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion's June 25th, 2022 Special Steiff Auction for several weeks– and the sale did not disappoint, hammering at EUR 268,000 (USD 279,367). This signature event, held annually in Giengen, Germany, presents the finest button-in-ear rarities of the year, as well as breathtaking results for vintage Steiff items. Here are a few highlights from the 122-lot sale and why they might have caught the eye of bidders worldwide. Lot #6104, a c. 1904-1905 white mohair rod jointed bear, hammered at €43,000 / $44,823. Image courtesy of Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. Steiff is best known for its Teddy bear production, and the company's premier, early turn-of-last-century cubs traditionally generate top dollar at auction. Lot #6104, a circa 1904 to 1905 white mohair rod jointed bear, had an opening bid of €2,500 / $2,606 and hammered at €43,000 / $44,823. This remarkable rarity, in practically like-new condition, was the ultimate package in terms of age, condition, earliest elephant style button ID, and classic presentation.  Lot #6107, a circa 1928 to 1930 brown tipped mohair Petsy the Baby Bear, had an opening bid of €6,500 / $6,775 and hammered at €42,000 / $43,781. His impressive size, fabulous coloring, big blue eyes, and irresistible personality clearly called to multiple collectors. And lot #6118, a circa 1926 deep chocolate brown mohair bear with lovely and distinctive IDs, had an opening bid of €850 / $866 and hammered at €22,000 / $22,933. Perhaps the greatest "price mystery" of the sale– this sweet treat obviously resonated with two passionate bidders who were almost equally determined to bring him home. Lot #6019, a collection of six small, velvet early 20th-century animals, hammered at €4,900 / $5,107. Image courtesy of Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. Extraordinary farm and wild animals were also well represented in this auction's winner's circle. Lot #6019, a collection of six tiny, turn-of-last-century velvet critters, had an opening bid of €1,200 / $1,250 and hammered at €4,900 / $5,107. The set included an elephant, cat, pig, rabbit, and two dogs, each with their original and early ID. Each pet measured from…

  • Auction Result
    Around the Auction World: June 2022

    The art world is slowly shifting into its summer season, complete with mid-year special sales and hints of what will come over the next few months. This June, Auction Daily spoke with several industry experts about their specialties, including Teddy bears and Native American art. We also explored contemporary LGBTQ+ artists to know this Pride Month and previewed the key lots of the 2022 Coeur d’Alene Art Auction.  Here are the top headlines from around the auction world this June. An exceptional Louisa Keyser / Dat-so-la-lee degikup basket, Washoe. Image courtesy of Bonhams. Auction Highlights Auction highlights this month included a major Disneyana sale at Akiba Antiques. Held on June 21, 2022, the sale included one of the world’s largest Disneyana collections of figurines. Together, the lots traced the history and evolution of Disney’s most beloved characters. We examined the key differences between the figurines, including Giuseppe Armani’s subtle realism, Goebel’s classic vibrancy, and Swarovski’s collectible modernism.  Elsewhere in the auction world, New Haven Auctions presented a sweeping sale of American folk art. Top lots included two still life paintings by Severin Roesen and a countryside painting by Bill Sawyer.  Bonhams recently offered a curated sale of historical and antique Native American art. We spoke with the Director of Bonhams’ Native American Art Department in Los Angeles, Ingmars Lindbergs, to learn more about the lots. He pointed out the exceptional handiwork of Louisa Keyser, also known as Dat-so-la-lee, and the greater attention that Native American art is starting to receive from the art world at large. Henry Farny, A Sioux Camp, 1901. Image courtesy of the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction. Key Artists We explored the work of several key artists both past and present this June. The 2022 Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, slated for July 23, 2022, will present masterworks by American Western artists such as William Herbert Dunton, Gerard Curtis Delano, and Henry Farny. These painters took inspiration from the rugged North American landscape, as well as the lifestyles of Native Americans who lived on the land. June also marked Pride Month, a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ individuals, history,…

  • Auction Industry
    Live From Giengen, Germany With Pia Fast Seidel: Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion’s Special Steiff Auction

    After a multi-year break due to COVID-19, the annual Steiff Sommer Festival— a family-centric celebration of all things Steiff— is being held once again on the Margarete Steiff GmbH factory campus in Giengen, Germany. One of the highlights of this three day event, to be held on June 24 through June 26, 2022, is a world-class auction hosted by Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH of Ladenburg, Germany. This June 25 sale presents about 120 lots of breathtaking button-in-ear treasures. Auction Daily spoke with Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion's Pia Fast Seidel to learn more about this can't-miss event. Pia Fast Seidel, auctioneer for Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion. Image courtesy of Pia Fast Seidel / Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion GmbH. Auction Daily: Tell us about Steiff's summer event and your history of hosting auctions there. Pia Fast Seidel: The first Steiff Sommer event was held in 1997. Although we've been selling toys since 1989, our first auction at this festival was in 2007. It is such an honor to participate in this important collector's gathering held right on the Steiff factory campus. We work all year to collect only the finest Steiff rarities for this sale. Our company is very proud of our reputation in the toy world as a premier auction house for vintage Steiff items, so actually selling Steiff items in the town in which they were "born" is a great fit for us. There is a wonderful sense of time and nostalgia in bringing many of these antiques back to the place where they were originally manufactured— sometimes a century or more before. The Sommer Festival has always attracted a great number of visitors from all over the world. It offers the perfect location for dealers and collectors to meet and do business. The Steiff company presents tours, archive displays, and events that bring the history of the factory, Teddy bears, and even founder Margarete Steiff to life. And everyone always enjoys viewing the latest exhibits at the Steiff Museum, listening to live music, and sampling the delicious and authentic Swabian food available throughout the event. This pair of Dicky bears hammered for nearly $27,000 in 2016.…

  • 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…