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Bears to go before bidders Sept. 19

It's going to be a parade of bears at Norman C. Heckler & Co.'s Sept. 19 auction, with more than 1,100 toy bears, including 200 antique models up for grabs.

WOODSTOCK VALLEY, Conn. – An astounding single-owner collection of over 1,100 toy bears – including many modern models as well as 200 antique examples by early makers such as Steiff and Merrythought – will be sold at a public auction on Friday, Sept. 19, by Norman C. Heckler & Company, in the firm’s barn auction venue at 79 Bradford Corner Road in Woodstock Valley, Connecticut.


The auction will be available for preview from 10 a.m. until noon on the day of the sale, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15-18. Appointments are appreciated.

The bears were collected over the course of nearly 50 years by Charlotte “Chotsie” Lefevre, who passed away in January at age 96. Mrs. Lefevre had a few stuffed animals, but wasn’t a collector until someone gave her an antique Steiff bear found in an attic in 1968.

The auction, which begins at noon Eastern will also feature dolls and miniature furniture, stoneware and Redware, early glass and bottles, lamps, Treenware bowls (to include four large and impressive burl wood bowls), Hummel figurines (which will be sold as a single lot), some American furniture pieces, a miniature stove, early iron and other antiques and collectibles.

One of the older Steiff bears is a charming 10-inch bear with a blank button, circa 1905.


Proceeds from the sale of the collection will go to benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter of Shaftsbury, Vermont.

For more information, call 860-974-1634, email or visit


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