Morphy's Nov. 12 auction features Schoenthaler antique doll collection, rare teddy bears Morphy’s Nov. 12 auction will showcase the exquisite antique doll collection of the late Lorraine Schoenthaler, plus a private collection of rare teddy bears that includes Steiff rod & Titanic bears.
In addition, approximately five Steiff dolls will cross the auction block at Morphy’s.
The most highly prized of all bears in the sale is a circa-1904 Steiff 20-inch rod bear. The bear is accompanied by an X-ray that visually confirms its interior rod construction, as well as a Teddy Bear and Friends magazine calendar illustrated with pictures of this particular bear. It is described in Morphy’s auction catalog as being one of the nicest, if not the nicest known example. Estimate $25,000-$50,000.
Other top bears include a circa-1912 Steiff 18-inch black “mourning” bear made to commemorate those who perished on the Titanic, estimate $12,000-$20,000; and a circa-1905 apricot center-seam Steiff bear, 28 inches and in “stunning original condition.” It is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
Jan Foulke summarized the sale’s contents as being “nice, fresh dolls – most coming from a single consignment – together with rare teddies and an excellent variety of other dolls to please even the most particular collector.”
The auction will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, commencing at 10 a.m. Eastern time. All forms of bidding will be available, including live at the gallery, by phone or absentee, and live via the Internet through Morphy Live (sign up at www.morphyauctions.com) or LiveAuctioneers.com.
For additional information, call Morphy’s at 717-335-3435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. View the fully illustrated catalog additional auction information online at www.morphyauctions.com or www.liveauctioneers.com.
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CAPTION FOR IMAGE AT TOP OF PREVIEW:
Simon & Halbig 153 character child doll, 17 in., German bisque socket head incised ‘153 S & H,’ known to collectors as ‘Little Duke.’ Blue ribbon winner. Est. $15,000-$22,000. Morphy Auctions image.