Rare Dolls Achieve World Record Prices at Theriault’s January Auction
Annapolis, MD -- November 20, 2010
Top price of the day was achieved by the very rare doll by Albert Marque that sold for $175,000, while a splendid 24” bébé by French doll maker Halopeau, gracing the catalog cover, went for $125,000 (pre-sale $40,000/50,000). Ever beloved bébés by Leon Casimir Bru ranged from a classic era model in rare 35” size 13 at $40,000, to a tiny 11” first period Bru bébé for $17,000. A larger first period Bru, 21”, fetched $27,000 and a classic 13” size 2 Bébé Bru topped at $24,000. Bébés by French maker Emile Jumeau were eagerly sought ranging from a 24” Bébé Triste in original couturier costume that sold for $43,000, double its selling price since first acquired by Baker from a Theriault auction during the late 1990s, to the largest and the smallest Jumeau bébés: the largest-made size 20 sold for $23,000, and the smallest, size 1, was $12,500.