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Category: Dolls, Dollhouses & Figurines

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    Highly Rare Royal Doulton Figurines Come to Auction with Lion and Unicorn

    Royal Doulton, the English ceramics maker, is well known for manufacturing tankards, storage jars, stonewares, and bathroom ceramics. The company produced its wares with the “Doulton and Co.” mark until it received a royal warrant in 1901. It subsequently switched to the “Royal Doulton” stamp. The earliest Doulton pieces featured…

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    The Collecting Thrill Is Gone - What's Next?

    It is all but inevitable. You've been collecting for years— or perhaps decades— and the spark is gone or greatly diminished. The thrill of the hunt just isn't enough to get you to the next antique show or auction or even to check out eBay for some under-the-radar scores. What…

    The Collecting Thrill Is Gone Whats Next-4
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    Fine Toys and Steiff Ephemera Available With German Auction House Teddy Dorado

    Subject-specific ephemera, including photographs, letters, memos, catalogs, sales sheets, and brochures, is a great complement to a collection of any sort. Steiff collectors have a particularly broad selection of ephemera to choose from. Margarete Steiff GmbH of Giengen, Germany has been a premier designer and manufacturer of soft plush dolls,…

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    The Ivamarie Rideout Doll Collection at Withington Auctions

    Antique, vintage, and collectible dolls seem to bring out the kid in everyone! And for some collectors, these precious playthings help form friendships and communities that last a lifetime. Withington Auctions of Hillsborough, New Hampshire is holding an important doll auction on October 21st, 2021. The sale includes the expansive…

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    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…

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    Around the Auction World: September 2021

    Photos from around the auction world in September of 2021. Image credit from left to right: Christie’s, Bonhams, and Annmaris/PIASA. Collage by Heemin Moon (Auction Daily). This September, collectors and art enthusiasts participated in a wide range of events. Many marked their calendars for the Swiss edition of Art Basel…

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    SJ Auctioneers is hosting a rare auction targeting Train collectors, rail fans and prewar hobbiests.

    The auction will feature: Prewar-Postwar Trains, Accessories, Vehicles, Toys and Dolls Brands like Lionel, Ives, American Flyer in its rarity. Some of the items up for auction are Sign up and register for the Oct 17th auction https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/216818_prewar-postwar-trains-vehicles-toys-and-dolls/ Lot 101704   LIONEL postwar 45N Automated Gateman with boxed 41 Accessory…

    SJ Auctioneers is hosting a rare auction targeting Train collectors, rail fans and prewar hobbiests
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    Lion and Unicorn to Offer Rare Royal Doulton Figurines in Upcoming Sale

    John Doulton established English ceramics and home accessories maker Royal Doulton in the Lambeth area of London in 1815. His son engaged gifted artists to design elegant figurines and vases. Today, the manufacturer is best known for its stoneware tankards, storage jars, and bathroom ceramics. Several rare Royal Doulton figurines…

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    Antique Lladró Porcelain and Disney Swarovski Crystal Figurines at Lion and Unicorn

    In the early 1950s, three Spanish brothers sought to crack the overwhelmingly French and English porcelain market in Europe. Juan, José, and Vicente Lladró began making plates, figurines, and other ceramic items decorated with complex details. The brothers’ joint brand, Lladró, began a decades-long expansion to become a leading porcelain…

    Lladro Figurine Grouping, Road To Mandalay 1013556, Signed
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    Vintage Photos of Marilyn Monroe, Christy Turlington, and Other Celebrities at Lion and Unicorn

    This July, Lion and Unicorn will present over 375 lots of vintage celebrity photographs. The upcoming auction particularly highlights photographs of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. Before Monroe was a household name, she struggled to break into the film industry. She worked as a photographer’s model in the early days of…

    Marilyn Monroe Photograph
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    Lion and Unicorn Offers Franklin Mint Nativity Set, Cabbage Patch Kid Doll, and Beatrix Potter Items

    Established in 1964 by Joseph Segel, the Franklin Mint manufactured gold and silver commemorative items for the private market. The company is now known equally for its coins and its sculptures, dolls, die-cast vehicles, and other collectibles. In Lion and Unicorn’s upcoming auction, a 12-piece Franklin Mint nativity set will…

    12pc Franklin Mint House of Faberge Nativity
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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