Valley Doll Museum collection auctioned in Edmonton for $1,000

“People were very excited and happy today to pick up their new treasures for their collections”

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A massive inventory of dolls from the Valley Doll Museum in Drumheller are up for auction in Edmonton, with a rare item already selling for $1,000.

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On Wednesday, more than 700 rare and vintage dolls went on sale as owner Linda Schuler retires from the business.

Beck Auctions auctioneer Clinton Beck said interest was already huge, with nearly the entire first half of the collection selling out to collectors in Canada and the United States on Wednesday.

“It’s definitely one of the greatest collections I’ve ever seen in a genre,” he said.

Beck said the most expensive doll, a unique handmade French fashion doll with a porcelain face and leather hands, dates back to 1840 and is in perfect condition.

“Finding something like this is a real treasure,” Beck said, adding that many dolls have traveled the world changing hands, with some selling as high as $500 to $700 on Wednesday.

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“People were very excited and happy today to pick up their new treasures for their collections,” he said Thursday.

Because the collection is so large, the auction house has run out of space to hold it all and has to hold two events, with the remaining dolls to be auctioned off for another auction, which has yet to be scheduled. .

“All doll collectors are all very excited that the next section is coming soon,” Beck said.

Schuler purchased the museum more than 20 years ago, acquiring a collection from original owners Gladys Steeves and Shirley Brack, who had traveled to the United States and Canada to purchase dolls from antique dealers and other collectors during years.

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