DENVER, Pa. – A circa-1880 Halopeau “H” (Halopeau) bébé, 24 inches tall and dressed in period clothing of pink silk and lace, was the opening-session star of Morphy Auctions’ May 17-18 Fine Doll debut. The doll had been estimated at $50,000-$70,000, but Becky Ourant, co-director of Morphy’s Fine Doll & Teddy Bear department, had noted prior to the sale that an “H” bébé had previously achieved a price of $100,000, and that anything was possible in an auction environment.
The blond, bisque-head doll with deep-blue paperweight eyes led a lineup of antique dolls, dollhouses, miniatures, doll and dollhouse furnishings, and candy containers from several private collections. The opening session took in more than $1 million, well exceeding the total high estimate for the day. Internet purchases accounted for $257,298 of the gross.
A Teddy Bear with blank button, circa 1910, white mohair with shoe button eyes, tan stitched nose, mouth, and claws, felt pads, and original blank button was wearing a patriotic button and ribbon. He was 14 inches high and sold for $1,840.
A Kämmer & Reinhardt 101 Marie Character Child, Germany, circa 1910 sold just over her high estimate. She had a bisque socket head, incised K R 101/30, painted side-glancing blue eyes with molded lids, a closed pouty mouth, original light brown braided wig, and fully jointed composition body. Wearing original chemise with straw hat and tan leather shoes, she was 12 inches high and in excellent condition. The presale estimate was $1,500- $2,000; she sold for $2,070.
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