Author: Joyce Greenholdt

Fashion Royalty jets into Australia

“POUT,” the world premiere exhibition of high-end fashion dolls by Integrity Toys, will be on show at Chadstone – The Fashion Capital and Chatswood Chase Sydney in Sydney, Australia, from March 5 to April 1, 2012. This exhibit will feature a collection of approximately 70 of some of Integrity Toys’ favorite Fashion Royalty dolls, furniture, and accessories. The exhibit will be featured on a built-to-scale fashion stage designed with inspiration from the runways of Paris. The collection will include dolls from when the line was originally created to the present day, including dolls from the Fashion Royalty, FR: Monogram,...

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2012 DOTY Industry’s Choice Award Winners Announced!

The Industry’s Choice winners for the 2012 DOTY Awards were announced at the IDEX show in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 27. Photos of all the winning dolls will be published in the June 2012 issue of DOLLS, along with the ballot and voting information for this year’s Public’s Choice awards. This year’s Industry’s Choice Winners are:   Children’s Play Doll Lil’ Cutesies Twins in Stroller – JC Toys Group Playtime Baby Little Princess – Adora Laura – Sonja Hartmann Mosi – Playmates Toys     Collectible Baby Doll Marei – Hildeberg Gunzel Nursery Time Baby – Adora Joylee – MasterPiece...

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2011 Colliii Award winners announced

The winners of the 2011 Colliii Awards, an online dollmaking competition, have been announced. This year saw more than 300 entries from around the world. This year’s winners are: One-of-a-Kind categories Best OOAK Overall: “Hadley” by Tina Kewy, Greece Best Newborn: “Gracie Mae” by Laura Lee Eagles, Canada Best Baby: “Bennet” by Karola Wegerich, Germany Best Toddler: “Lauren Grace” by Vikki Ebbeling, USA Best Human: “Margaretha” by Ina Volprich, Germany   Best Fantasy Figure: “Alchimus” by Raffaella Scarpato, Italy Best Mini Baby: “Willow” by Mina Torquati, Australia Best Mini Human: “The United Italy” by Elisa Fenoglio, Italy Best Mini Fantasy Figure: “Shy Fairy” by Patrizia Cozzo, Italy Best Special Effects: “Steam Punk” by Barbara Kee, USA   Reborn categories Best Reborn Overall and Best Presentation: ‘Daisy” by Yvonne Walton, UK Best Preemie: “Ryan” by Shirley Jones, UK Best Baby: “Jayden” by Melissa Cavanaugh, USA Best Toddler: ‘Mike” by Beatrix Schöder, Germany Best Fantasy Reborn: “Mayuri” by Carrey Simons, Australia Best Rooting: “Shania” by Anke Kellner, Germany Best Painting: “Maurizio” by Martina Bizzotto, Italy Best Special Effects: “Miguel Angel” by Cinthya Agurto Salas, Peru   Vinyl Doll Kit categories Best Preemie Doll Kit: “Daisy” by Bonnie Brown and Real Effect, Australia Best Baby Doll Kit: “Nele” by Gudrun Legler, Real Effect, Germany Best Toddler Doll Kit: “Billie” by Simply Reborn, UK Best Play Doll: “Sofia” by Miaculti, Germany Best Collector...

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‘History Detectives’ investigate drug-smuggling dolls

Did the Confederate South use a child’s doll to smuggle drugs past the Northern blockade? The PBS series “History Detectives” will investigate a family legend about a drug-smuggling doll in its Aug. 30, 2011, episode. In 1923, the descendents of Confederate Major General James Patton Anderson donated “Nina,” a composite doll, to the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va. The family says the general’s niece carried the doll past a Northern blockade with morphine and quinine inside her hollow head. The drugs would aid sick and injured Confederate soldiers.An X-ray confirmed the head is hollow, but the museum...

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English toy museum collection up for auction in September

A huge collection of antique and vintage toys, amassed over almost 25 years, will be sold by auction in the Cotswolds in England this fall. Until June, thousands of individual teddy bears, dolls, puppets, train sets, model cars, and tin soldiers — some rare and valuable, many very common and familiar to visitors as toys from their own childhoods — were on public display at the Park House Toy and Collectors Museum in Stow-on-the-Wold. The museum was founded by George and Barbara Sutton in 1987, originally as an extension to their antiques business. But as the collection grew, the...

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Rare 1914 bisque doll sells for $168,000 at Frasher’s auction

Photos courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions An extremely rare 1914 bisque portrait doll sold for $168,000 (inclusive of 12% buyer’s premium) at Frasher’s Doll Auctions July 9 auction in Kansas City, Mo. Sculpted by renowned French artist Albert Marque (1872-1939), the doll was originally commissioned for the Paris boutique Margaine-Lacroix. The buyer, who beat out four phone bidders and additional on-site bidders at the KCI-Expo Center 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...

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