• 1 Apr
    2013

Toy Museum Opens Mechanical Toy Exhibit in April

(This article first appeared in DOLLS magazine) A special exhibit of moving toys of the past century  will be on display at Toy Worlds Museum Basle in Basel, Switzerland, April 20 through Oct. 6. “To Wind Up and Charge” features displays of early wind-up toys to more recent battery-operated offerings. The still-functioning toys on display […]

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  • 1 Apr
    2013

The Curious Collector: Gene Doll Stewardess; Brazilian ‘Barbie and the Rockers’

(This article first appeared in the April 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) QUESTION: I purchased this amazing Mel Odom/Ashton-Drake Galleries 16-inch Gene doll at a show recently. She is dressed as a stewardess, or as they say now, flight attendant, from the 1950s. What more can you tell me about this great doll? ANSWER:The Gene […]

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  • 18 Mar
    2013

Antique Dolls Question Session: Turn of the Century J.D. Kestner Bisque Mold 154

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) QUESTION: I was cleaning out my attic and came across what seems to be a very old doll. She is 28 inches tall with a porcelain face, leather body, and wooden arms, which are no longer attached. She has several old-fashioned dresses. I […]

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  • 15 Mar
    2013

Collecting the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ — A Look at King Kong Memorabilia

It was 80 years ago this month that movie-going audiences were first introduced to one of filmdom’s most iconic—and arguably tragic—characters: the gargantuan-sized gorilla, King Kong. A masterpiece of fantasy cinema, “King Kong” made its premiere on March 2, 1933 at two venues: New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, and its sister cinema, the […]

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  • 14 Mar
    2013

Serious Toyz Auction Features 1,300 Quality Lots in Wide Range of Categories

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Serious Toyz will seek to cement its reputation one of the leading vintage toy and collectible auction houses in the United States with a colossus 1,300-lot auction featuring high-grade antique and vintage items in dozens of collecting categories. The auction will begin in mid-March and end on April 5 and 6. Among […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Madame Alexander Celebrates 90 Years of Making Beautiful Dolls

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) The words Madame Alexander and beauty are inseparable. From the time she was a girl, Bertha Alexander loved beautiful things—the fine Dresden porcelains and ornaments she saw in her father’s shop, where he repaired antiques and dolls, and the lovely outfits and hats […]

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  • 21 Feb
    2013

‘Collect Them All!’ A History of the Action Figure: Part 1

Action figures—those small, poseable, usually plastic representations of various comic-book superheroes, professional sports figures and film, television and video game characters—are among the toy industry’s best-selling products. A walk through any Toys R Us or department store’s toy section will reveal at least a couple well-stocked aisles filled with scores of Star Wars, World Wrestling […]

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  • 18 Feb
    2013

French Bébé Doll Soars Past Estimate, Sells for $18,000 at Dolls & Teddy Auction

(This article first appeared in the February 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) DENVER, Pa. – A Japanese collector paid $18,000 for a 23-inch French bisque bébé doll at Morphy Auctions’ Doll and Teddy Bear sale held Dec. 4, 2012, in Denver, Pa. The doll, marked “Eden Bebe Paris 9,” had been expected to sell for […]

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  • 12 Feb
    2013

Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales

LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate […]

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  • 18 Jan
    2013

Doll Fetches Record $212,000 in Theirault’s Auction

(This article first appeared in DOLLS magazine) SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—A German-made character doll sold for $212,000 at a Jan. 12 auction held by Theirault’s auction house, setting a new world record for price paid for a German doll at auction. Only two others examples are known to exist of the Kammer and Reinhardt 104 model. “The greatness of this […]

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