Bonhams to auction wax doll dressed by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter


If you are a doll collector, you had better be present at Bonhams Fine Dolls and Teddy Bears sale that is slated to be held on 26th May. One of the many exclusive items that will be auctioned at this sale is a wax doll dressed by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, the Empress Frederick of Germany (christened Princess Victoria, the Princess Royal). The wax doll was dressed by the Empress for a bazaar in London to raise funds for impoverished Germans in the city circa 1868. The doll was bought by financier Baron von Schroder. The doll is dressed in beautiful long white cotton and lace dress with a pink satin underskirt, layers of underclothing and a ribboned bonnet is expected to fetch £800 – 1,200 ($1218 – $1826) at Bonhams, Knightsbridge sale. Besides this vintage doll dressed by the Empress, the sale will also feature one of the first wooden dolls ever made (circa 1680). The doll dressed in the habit of the Carmelite convent at Bethune, which speaks of the religious turmoil of the time is expected to fetch £10,000 – 15,000 ($15,218 – $22,828) at this sale. Another doll that is sure to find a number of bidders is the1920’s Lenci doll, entitled ‘June Bride’ which is based on the film star Marlene Dietrict and is expected to fetch £1,000 – 1,500 ($1521 – $2828) at the sale.

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The sale will feature a number of vintage dolls including an example of a Bru Bebe (estimate £6,000 – 9,000), ($9128 – $13,693) circa 1875; a papier-mache German doll and many more. So if you wish to increase your already large priceless doll collection, you had better be present at this sale.