The Dolls & Teddy bear sale held on the 1st of June featured a large collection of Charlie Bears, plus Steiff, Merrythought, Chad Valley, Artists bears, and large groups including Disney and Gollys. Modern and vintage Dolls included cloth, bisque, vinyl and hard plastic from Sasha, Armand Marseille, SFBJ, Simon & Halbig, and many others. Further items included a Bild Lilli Doll, Pelham puppets, Sylvanian families, vintage children toys including rocking horses, prams, dolls furniture, books and magazines plus Barbie, Sindy and princess dolls. The sale concluded with a private owner collection - The Frankie Artist Bear Collection by Frances Armstrong, 69 lots of groups and single plush bears and bear making fabric.
Simon & Halbig brown bisque doll, German, c1891, impressed SH 1039 DEP 12, weighted brown eyes set within almond shaped socket, pierced ears, high domed forehead, open mouth, deep dimple to chin, composition and wood ball jointed body, black braided wig, small chip to right ear piercing, repair to right foot, dressed in red and white polka dot cotton dress, silk and lace pinafore, multi-layered cotton undergarments, leather shoes, 22"/56cm.
Estimate: £300 - £500
Sold For: £500
Bild Lilli Doll, German, 1950's, black side-glancing eyes with prominent white eye dots, moulded upper eye liner with lashes painted to side, smoky eye shadow, curved high brows, rosebud shaped mouth, cheek blush, blonde hair in pony tail with split curl to forehead, jointed body, arms designed to move forward and backward or up and down, coral fingernails, painted black stiletto shoes, wearing black cotton knit top, red skirt, (both are sealed with poppers inscribed PRYM), cotton knickers, hair tied into position with black patent plastic, slight paint rubs to eyelids and to ankles (where paint has transferred from the shoes), clothing has faded, some fading to body, Good to Good Plus, with Fair box and stand (missing lid), 11.5"/29cm. NB This doll was produced by 3M Doll Company from 1952 to 1964. Originally sold to gentleman in tobacconist shops in Germany. The Bild-Lilli doll was taken from a cartoon character in the German newspaper Bild-Zeitung. Intended for gentleman as a party gift, the doll was produced in 7.5" to 8" and 11", and it was thought she was modelled upon the actress Marlene Dietrich. Bild-Lilli was the inspiration for the No.1 Mattel Barbie doll after Ruth Handler visited Hamburg in 1956. She purchased 3 dolls: giving one to her daughter Barbie and the other two were shown to designers at Mattel, who then produced the first Barbie doll in 1959. This doll is rare in any condition.
Estimate: £200 - £300
Sold For: £1300
Charlie Bears Sylvester Isabelle Collection teddy bear, SJ 5541, LE 378/400, 2017, designed by Isabelle Lee, grey with black tip, pale grey, beige mohair / alpaca, carry bag, with swing label certificate - Isabelle card label has been BENT IN HALF- BADLY CREASED, otherwise Near Mint to Mint, 23"/59cm.
Estimate: £180 - £280
Sold For: £420
Forget Me Not Thalia artist designed teddy bear, by Liz Wiltshire, OOAK, cream sparse mohair, black boot button eyes, brown horizontally stitched nose, fully jointed, brown claw stitching, suedette pads, forget-me-not embroidered to left foot pad, designed to have an aged appearance, wearing brown silk dress, with swing label certificate, Near Mint to Mint; 10"/26cm.
Estimate: £150 - £240
Sold For: £420
Portobello Bear Company Darling Bobby large artist designed teddy bear by Amy Goodrich (UK), OOAK, exclusive for Bear Bottoms, 2002, blonde sparse mohair, black glass eyes, black vertically stitched nose, fully jointed, suedette pads, wearing cream double breasted embroidered jacket, with swing label certificate, Near Mint to Mint, 21"/53cm.
Estimate: £100 - £200
Sold For: £360
Steiff Ralph Lauren Varsity The Polo Bear, yellow tag 027086, 1909 replica golden mohair bear, dressed in classic polo attire, LE 3500, wearing zip-up sweatshirt with USA decals and Ralph Lauren Polo designer jeans, tilt growler, Good to Good Plus, 12"/31cm.
Estimate: £40 - £50
Sold For: £150
Charlie Bears Loki lynx, CB 161677, 2016, designed by Isabelle Lee, golden black and brown and white, brown and black printed plush, with swing label, Near Mint to Mint, 18.5"/47cm.
Estimate: £80 - £100
Sold For: £240