• 20 Jun
    2013

Feller Doll Collection Reflects 50 Years of Passion

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) Brooklyn grandmother Linda Feller has been collecting dolls for more than 50 years, amassing nearly 3,800 from 157 countries. Surrounded by so many objects of affection, it’s no wonder she named her website ILoveMyDolls.com. Her doll collection, divided into 21 categories, is displayed […]

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  • 31 May
    2013

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

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  • 21 May
    2013

The Curious Collector: Readers Get Answers on Porcelain Dolls

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) Carl Knoll Bisque QUESTION: I was wondering if you could help identify my doll. She belonged to my grandmother, who received her as a gift from her grandmother in 1906 when she was 10 years old. “Agnes,” named in honor of grandmother, is […]

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  • 21 May
    2013

Massive Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia to Headline Memorial Day Auction

ST. LEONARD, Md. – A huge single-owner lifetime collection of Elvis Presley items promises to be the centerpiece offering in a Memorial Day antiques and collectibles auction slated for Monday, May 27, at Chesapeake Auction House. An expected top lot of the Elvis collection is a rare, limited-edition Aloha Hawaii Elvis Celebrity Series World Doll […]

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  • 18 May
    2013

Curious Collector: Dolls Large and Small

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) QUESTION: I have a chance to buy this amazing Mattel doll with her original swimsuit. Neither the seller, who’s a friend, nor I know much about this era of doll or a value. Can you comment on this doll? ANSWER: When Mattel first […]

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  • 16 May
    2013

Rinker on Collectibles: Global Hollywood & Its Impact on American Collectors

In 2005, Jane and Robert Kahn and their daughter Anna invited Linda and me to join them during their vacation in Florence, Italy. It was a time in our lives when the lure of a trip abroad faced little competition from grandchildren. Linda and I arrived in Florence on Thursday, May 12. We stayed at […]

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  • 11 May
    2013

Bonhams to Auction Sheldon Doll Collection in June

LOS ANGELES — The doll collection of noted author Sidney Sheldon and his wife, Alexandra, heads to auction on June 24 at a sale sponsored by Bonhams. The 400-lot collection of the noted writer and his wife features dolls from the 1920s through the 1940s, primarily from the Lenci Company. Highlights include celebrity-inspired dolls such […]

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  • 10 May
    2013

Rinker on Collectibles: Will Articulated Comic Book Art Drive Up Action Figure Values?

Will, who lives in Bristol, Tenn., is a regular caller into WHATCHA GOT?, my syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show. He collects 1980s and 1990s toys, especially comic book action figures. His April 21, 2013, call concerned the value of Deadpool, a character that was part of the Marvel Legends Series 6 set issued […]

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  • 15 Apr
    2013

‘Collect Them All!’ A History of the Action Figure, Part 2

In my previous installment of this two-part series, I outlined the history of action figures previous to the mid-1970s, which was dominated my companies like Mego, Mattel and Ideal. In this piece, we pick up from that point to today. When we last left our tale, Mego Corporation passed on the opportunity to manufacture action […]

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  • 10 Apr
    2013

Eternal Appeal of French Bébé Dolls still Captivate Collectors

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) Elizabeth awoke Christmas morning to an elaborate tree decorated with candles, silver icicles, and wonderful glass ornaments. A tin train circled the tree, filled with toys and gilded offerings. Trumpets and soldiers, teddies and tea sets, more than she could take in with […]

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