1914 Doll Goes For $168,000 at Auction

French Sculptor Albert Marque's 1914 Doll a $168,000 Thriller at Frasher's July 9 Auction

KANSAS CITY, MO.- Sculpted by the renowned French artist Albert Marque (1872-1939), an extremely rare 1914 portrait doll originally commissioned for the Paris boutique Margaine-Lacroix sold to rousing applause for $168,000 (inclusive of 12% buyer’s premium) at Frasher’s July 9 auction. The buyer, who beat out four phone bidders and additional on-site bidders at the KCI-Expo Center in Kansas City, was new to Frasher’s client roster.

“The winning bidder is a collector of French dolls and German character dolls, and they obviously go for the very best,” said Barbara Frasher, president of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

As noted by doll historians, during World War I, Albert Marque was persuaded by Parisian couturier Jeanne Margaine-LaCroix to sculpt 100 fashion dolls, each signed, numbered and clothed in a custom-designed costume representing royalty or a particular region of France. The exquisite 22-inch dolls were celebrated by the French not only as important artworks but also as cultural icons that stood up proudly to the influx of wartime dolls from Germany.

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Kathy said...

Amazing! She's absolutely gorgeous! Makes me think of perspective! My house was built in 1914 and cost 1/2 that!
She must be quite precious!

AyamontinoMaria said...

Is wonderful but, very, very expensive!!

miniaturist59 said...

OMG, Grace!! This is funny- I was googling vintage printies and wound up here, which I was planning on doing tonight anyway, lol!! I wanted to see what new goodies you've got, and holy cow!! WHAT UP with the houses of cards I'm looking at?? Forget the doll- those are AMAZING and unique, as always!!

Ok, I'm going to need to go shopping in your shop very soon- I need cool books!! Your books!!!

Cinderella Moments said...

I wish I had one of those around here to sell! LOL! That's an amazing amount of money for a doll.


Anonymous said...

Hello! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

TreeFeathers said...

Hi Anonymous, if you are on Blogger then go to your Dashboard, to the "Settings" tab, and click the "Comments" sub-tab under that. Towards the bottom of the page you will see where it says "Show word verification for comments" - just click Yes, hit Save at the bottom, and you're all set! No plug-in needed.

- Grace

Catharina said...

what a gorgeous doll!

dollhouse miniature said...

My grandmother used to have a doll very similar to that. I wish we still had it now. Wow!


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