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Dolls

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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(5) Vintage Barbies/Fashion Dolls
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(5) Vintage Barbies/Fashion Dolls
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$16022 Bids
1967 TNT Twiggy London’s Top Teen Model by Mattel 1185
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
1967 TNT Twiggy London’s Top Teen Model by Mattel 1185
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$30021 Bids
(6) Vintage Bild Lilli/Barbie Style Fashion Dolls - British Patent, Made in Hong Kong
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(6) Vintage Bild Lilli/Barbie Style Fashion Dolls - British Patent, Made in Hong Kong
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$20520 Bids
(5) Vintage Barbies/Friends of Barbie by Mattel including Foreign
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(5) Vintage Barbies/Friends of Barbie by Mattel including Foreign
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$7019 Bids
(4) Vintage Barbies by Mattel including Beauty, Barbie’s Dog
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(4) Vintage Barbies by Mattel including Beauty, Barbie’s Dog
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$7018 Bids
Barbie & Other Fashion Dolls Clothing and Accessories
May 30, 6:00 PM EDT
Barbie & Other Fashion Dolls Clothing and Accessories
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$23018 Bids
(4) Vintage Barbies by Mattel including Foreign
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(4) Vintage Barbies by Mattel including Foreign
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$8017 Bids
1960s Twist 'N Turn Skipper #1105
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
1960s Twist 'N Turn Skipper #1105
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$6017 Bids
(4) Barbies/Friends of Barbie by Mattel including Foreign
May 29, 6:00 PM EDT
(4) Barbies/Friends of Barbie by Mattel including Foreign
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$9015 Bids
(5) Vintage Barbies/Friends of Barbie by Mattel
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(5) Vintage Barbies/Friends of Barbie by Mattel
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$21015 Bids
Group Of 3 Barbies In Boxes
May 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Group Of 3 Barbies In Boxes
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$6515 Bids
(5) Vintage Barbies/Fashion Dolls
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(5) Vintage Barbies/Fashion Dolls
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$12015 Bids
1960s #850 Titian Bubblecut Barbie and 1970s #9342 Now Look Ken
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
1960s #850 Titian Bubblecut Barbie and 1970s #9342 Now Look Ken
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$2714 Bids
Vintage Assortment of Tutti Dolls, Friends, & More
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Assortment of Tutti Dolls, Friends, & More
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$9514 Bids
(3) Barbies by Mattel
May 29, 6:00 PM EDT
(3) Barbies by Mattel
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$4513 Bids
(4) Barbies/Friends of Barbie by Mattel
May 29, 6:00 PM EDT
(4) Barbies/Friends of Barbie by Mattel
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$10513 Bids
Christian Dior Barbie by Mattel 16013
May 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Christian Dior Barbie by Mattel 16013
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$15013 Bids
(7) Vintage Island Fun Barbie/Friends of Barbie by Mattel - Complete Set
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(7) Vintage Island Fun Barbie/Friends of Barbie by Mattel - Complete Set
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$10513 Bids
(2) Barbie Glitter & Glow Bed and Hula Hair Barbie Shampoo ‘n Style Salon by Mattel
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
(2) Barbie Glitter & Glow Bed and Hula Hair Barbie Shampoo ‘n Style Salon by Mattel
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$4512 Bids
Barbie Accessory Pack by Mattel 56119
May 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Barbie Accessory Pack by Mattel 56119
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$5512 Bids
1960s #850 Blonde Ponytail Barbie by Mattel
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
1960s #850 Blonde Ponytail Barbie by Mattel
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$4412 Bids
Monster High “Iris Clops - Daughter of The Cyclops” I Love Fashion
May 29, 6:00 PM EDT
Monster High “Iris Clops - Daughter of The Cyclops” I Love Fashion
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$11012 Bids
1960s #1070 American Girl Brunette Barbie by Mattel
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
1960s #1070 American Girl Brunette Barbie by Mattel
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$16012 Bids
1966 Color Magic Barbie #1150
May 28, 6:00 PM EDT
1966 Color Magic Barbie #1150
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$20512 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Dolls


Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC

Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl