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Category: Dolls, Dollhouses & Figurines

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    Figurines From Beatrix Potter, Disney, Bunnykins, and More at Lion and Unicorn

    Though Peter Rabbit is likely the best-known character of author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, fans of her work may also know her tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, a frog that lives at the edge of a pond in England’s Lake District. Many of Beatrix Potter’s characters were licensed and produced…

    Royal Doulton Prototype Figurine Jeremy Fisher, Isaac Newton
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    Highlights Around the Auction World: January 2021

    Collage of images from around the auction world. Photo credit from left to right: Artcurial, Vectis Auctions, and Sotheby’s. Collage by Heemin Moon (Auction Daily). Many auction houses entered 2021 with quiet optimism after their industry proved more resilient than most in 2020. The industry's quick shift online, both to…

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    Royal Doulton Loving Cups, Vases, and Figurines at Lion & Unicorn

    Lion & Unicorn’s upcoming two-day sale will feature a wide selection of Royal Doulton collectibles. The first day of bidding will bring over 500 lots to auction, including a Royal Doulton loving cup made in 1937 to mark the coronation of King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom. Under the…

    Rare Royal Doulton King Edward VIII Coronation Loving Cup Small
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    Vectis Auctions Keeps Holiday Cheer Coming With January Doll and Teddy Bear Sale

    Joanne McDonald of Vectis Auctions. Photo courtesy of the auction house. Did Santa deliver your wish list collectible doll, Teddy bear, or plaything this year? If not, here's another opportunity to add a vintage toy - or two - to your collection! Vectis Auctions, of Thornaby, UK, is holding their…

    Vectis Auctions Keeps Holiday Cheer Coming With January Doll and Teddy Bear Sale1
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    Upcoming Blackwell Auctions Event Brings Rare Hummel Figurines to Life

    The now-iconic Hummel figurines weren’t always created in porcelain. They were first introduced in Germany and Switzerland as drawings by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. It was only later that Franz Gobel, a porcelain maker, turned these drawings into porcelain figurines. The popularity of the figurines skyrocketed after World War II…

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    The Jolly History of Steiff’s Santa Claus Dolls

    Can you find the tiny vintage Santa in this Christmas Noah's ark display? Photo from the author’s collection. Margarete Steiff GmbH, the legendary toy company from Germany, has created a number of irresistible Santa dolls over the years. For many families, especially of German descent, Steiff dolls are just as…

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    Royal Doulton Figurines Featured in Upcoming Auction From Lion and Unicorn

    This December, Lion and Unicorn’s upcoming auction offers a variety of ceramics, bronzes, and figurines. Over 550 lots will be available, including a collection of Royal Doulton figurines. Founded by John Doulton, Royal Doulton entered the ceramics industry as a small pottery shop in Vauxhall, London in 1815. It launched…

    Royal Doulton Figurine, The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh HN3836
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    How To Elevate Your Collection With Vintage Ephemera

    1908 Steiff postcard. Photo from the author’s collection. Vintage ephemera stands alone as a collecting category, but it is also a marvelous compliment to others. The Ephemera Society of America defines ephemera as, "vintage printed or written items which originally served some specific purpose and were not expected to be…

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    French Bisque Dolls Stand Out in the Forthcoming Pook & Pook Sale

    Porcelain dolls began emerging in France during the 1850s. While they first appeared as popular children’s toys, vintage bisque dolls would later become revered collectibles. 19th-century dollmakers initially struggled to incorporate more life-like features. It was only after the discovery of Chinese porcelain that the artisans were able to create…

    French Bru JNE bebe bisque head doll
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    Turner Auctions’ Treat for Toy lovers

    For toy lovers, young and old, the FAO Schwarz Rockefeller Center Toy Store in New York is a treat. An iconic film moment when Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia jumped up and down the Walking Piano was captured there. The man behind the world's most iconic toy store was Frederick August…

    Very Large Vintage Steiff Giraffe Store Display
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    Favorite Playthings For Adults & Children – Bears, Dolls & Trains Come To Turner Auctions + Appraisals

    Over 230 Lots Go Up for Bid on Sunday, November 15 Vintage Steiff Limited Edition Teddy Bears SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 27, 2020 – Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer Bears, Dolls & Trains on Sunday, November 15, 2020. The auction presents a wide selection of playthings…

    Favorite Playthings For Adults & Children – Bears, Dolls & Trains Come To Turner Auctions + Appraisals
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    Upcoming auction from Bruneau and Co. Auctioneers slated to delight Comic and Pokemon collectors

    After the success of the Incredible Hulk, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wanted to introduce an even stronger superhero. They decided that Thor, the Viking god, would be Marvel Comics' next big character. Thor, along with his legendary hammer Mjolnir, was introduced in the 1962 issue of Journey into Mystery…

    25PC DC Comics Batman
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    Royal Doulton Featured at the Collector’s Auction from Whitley’s Auctioneers

    Since 1815, Royal Doulton has built a reputation as a leading manufacturer of ceramics. They originally created pipes for drains and other bathroom ceramics before specializing in decorative art. In the upcoming Collector’s Auction, offered by Whitley’s Auctioneers, is a variety of Royal Doulton ceramics. Featured is a vintage Royal…

    Rare Royal Doulton Figure, Bears Drinking HN940
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    Bruneau & Co.'s October 17th Pop Culture auction is packed with vintage comic books, Pokémon collectibles, toys, dolls

    The auction, starting at 10 am Eastern, has limited in-house seating by appointment only for active bidders. They can reserve a seat by calling 401-533-9980. Copy of Marvel Comics Journey Into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962), featuring the origin and first appearance of Thor, graded CGC 1.8, with off-white pages (est.…

    Bruneau & Co.s October 17th Pop Culture auction is packed with vintage comic books, Pokémon collectibles, toys, dolls
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    Charlton Hall Galleries Offers Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry and More From Estate of Katrina Hickox Becker

    Several Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry pieces highlight the offerings from the estate of Katrina Hickox Becker, presented by Charlton Hall Galleries. This includes a Van Cleef & Arpels emerald and diamond brooch. At its center is a 3.0-carat Colombian emerald, surrounded by eight smaller emeralds and several diamonds. Also…

    Magnificent Van Cleef & Arpels emerald and diamond brooch, Special Order
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    American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts: Session 1

    Born in Kentucky, Matthew Harris Jouett was a portrait painter active between 1800 and 1825. In his lifetime, Jouett painted many portraits of prominent Kentuckian figures, including the likes of Governor Isaac Shelby and Senator John Brown. One of the leading lots in the upcoming American Furniture, Folk, and Decorative…

    A Zanesville Pattern Molded Masonic Eagle Flask
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    The Gerritt & Shirley Breininger Western Toy Collection

    Founded by Louis and David Marx in New York City, Louis Marx and Company was an American toy manufacturer in operation from 1919 to 1980. The brand produced a wide range of dollhouses, cars and trains, toy soldiers, action figures, and mechanical tin toys. Their lithographed tin windup toys earned…

    Marx lithograph wind-up Charlie McCarthy crazy ca
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    Eclectic Collection of Estates Worldwide

    Renowned sculptor James Tandi often uses verdite stone to capture Africa’s native people and wildlife. For each of his sculptures, Tandi visits the verdite mine where he hand-selects his materials. He believes in doing so, he is “revealing the spirit which is within the stone.” A carved verdite and bone…

    Austrian Cobalt Blue Porcelain Vase
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    Collector's Auction

    Active in the late 1890s, William Moorcroft was an English potter associated with the Art Nouveau style. Moorcroft pioneered a new Florian Ware design, hand-decorated and outlined in trailed slip using a technique known as tube lining. Throughout his career, Moorcroft centered his work on Florian Ware, which won him…

    William Moorcroft Art Nouveau Flambe Vase, Claremont
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    Coin-Op & Advertising

    The Coin-Op & Advertising sale, presented by Potter & Potter Auctions, features coin-operated machines such as early vending machines, slots, trade stimulators, and arcade games. One key lot is a cast-iron strength testing machine from the early 1900s. The device works by inserting an old English penny, which allows the…

    AMI Model A A Mother of Plastic Jukebox. 1946. When switc