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Dolls - General

Dolls have existed for thousands of years and there is some archaeological evidence that they were the oldest of all toys. Wooden paddle dolls have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating from as far back as 2000 B.C., as well as fragments of an alabaster doll with movable arms dating to the Babylonian period. Dolls made from wood, clay, bone, stone, and rags were buried in the graves of ancient Greek and Roman girls, while dolls from households with more money were made of ivory or wax.

Dolls dating back to 600 B.B. were given movable arms and removable clothes to make them more lifelike. After ancient times, Europe became the center of doll production. Until the 1800s, most of these dolls were made of wood and carved to represent adult people. Wax dolls were also produced in the 17th and 18th centuries in Germany and England. In the 1800s, doll makers began molding mixtures of pulp wood and paper under high pressure to form doll heads and limbs. These mixtures were called composition and they allowed doll makers to mass produce durable dolls. The 1800s also saw the introduction of porcelain dolls including china head and bisque dolls.

In the later 1800s, doll makers began to manufacture dolls using celluloid, an early form of plastic. This material was used until the '50s. After World War II, more durable forms of plastic became available, and doll makers began to use hard plastic to manufacture dolls. Rubber and foam rubber were also used. In the '60s, vinyl was introduced into doll manufacturing, allowing doll makers to root hair into dolls' heads. Most dolls today are mass produced using modern materials, but collectible dolls are made using a variety of traditional methods.

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Dolls and Accesories
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Dolls and Accesories
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$507 Bids
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American Girl Doll of Yesterday, Samantha + Accessories
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
American Girl Doll of Yesterday, Samantha + Accessories
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$406 Bids
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Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Esme
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Esme
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$255 Bids
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Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Irmi
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Irmi
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$255 Bids
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Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Marlie
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Marlie
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$305 Bids
Two 1950's HMS Victory and Oriana sailor dolls both with working open/ close eyes
Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
Two 1950's HMS Victory and Oriana sailor dolls both with working open/ close eyes
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD355 Bids
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American Girl Today Doll, Light Brown Hair + Accessories
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
American Girl Today Doll, Light Brown Hair + Accessories
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$305 Bids
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Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Adrienne
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Adrienne
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$254 Bids
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2pc New York Character Dolls
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
2pc New York Character Dolls
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$304 Bids
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LOT OF VINTAGE DOLLS
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF VINTAGE DOLLS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD254 Bids
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Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Emil
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Emil
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$203 Bids
Lot of 2 Marvel Kotobukiya Bishoujo Figures
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 2 Marvel Kotobukiya Bishoujo Figures
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$253 Bids
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Jack Skellington New in Box Collector Doll N-010
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Jack Skellington New in Box Collector Doll N-010
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$73 Bids
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Hamilton Gifts Presents Doll Set, Archie Comics Characters
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Hamilton Gifts Presents Doll Set, Archie Comics Characters
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$103 Bids
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Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Tondi
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Tondi
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$303 Bids
USSR Russia Political Leaders Matryoshka Doll Set
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
USSR Russia Political Leaders Matryoshka Doll Set
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$152 Bids
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Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Anna II
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Anna II
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
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Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Madina
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Annette Himstedt Puppen Kinder Doll, Madina
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
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Vintage Ideal Shirley Temple Doll
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Ideal Shirley Temple Doll
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
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LOT OF MISC. DOLLS/FIGURES INC. ORIENTAL + PAIR OF ART GLASS RABBITS
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF MISC. DOLLS/FIGURES INC. ORIENTAL + PAIR OF ART GLASS RABBITS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
Russian & Soviet Leaders Matryoshka Doll Set
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Russian & Soviet Leaders Matryoshka Doll Set
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
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BozartbDunstan the Dragon Marionette Puppet Sealed in Box
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
BozartbDunstan the Dragon Marionette Puppet Sealed in Box
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$51 Bid
Lot of 3 Playboy Playmate of the Year Dolls
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Playboy Playmate of the Year Dolls
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Vampirella Statue/Bust
Mar 07, 11:00 AM EST
Vampirella Statue/Bust
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Dolls - General


Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd