This was evident at Adam Partridge’s (20% buyer’s premium) December 14 sale in Macclesfield when two consignments from different vendors went to different buyers, both way above hopes.
Top lot was formed by two 16½in (42cm) dolls (above), which were estimated at £80-120 but sold at £3400. Both were in good but, significantly given the price, not perfect condition.
The original clothing was slightly stained, the straw hats were later, the heads and legs were quite loose, the brunette’s hair was exposed at the roots and probably required replacing, and both suffered some minor scratches, indents and discolouration.
The winning bid came as less of a surprise as it followed the equally unexpected reaction to the previous lot, which comprised two Sasha dolls in original tubes, a further boy doll and girl doll, three Sasha doll heads with hair and three unfinished Sasha heads.
Again, there were minor condition problems, but against a £200-300 estimate, the group sold at £3200.