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AbracaSPARKLE Wendy Halloween Doll from Madame Alexander

AbracaSPARKLE Wendy Halloween Doll from Madame Alexander

We always love the approach to Halloween to see what goodies and collectibles are coming out. Over the last few years there have been less companies releasing special editions but Madame Alexander continue to create delightful dolls for the season. AbracaSPARKLE shows Wendy as a cute witch with cape and […]

Speed Freaks! Freaked Out!!!!!

Speed Freaks! Freaked Out!!!!!

Freaked Out!!!!! Speed Freaks! I am the first to admit that I know next to nothing about cars and to be honest, was not really interesting in learning anything about them either – but that was until I met Terry Ross, an enthusiast on the subject, it didn’t take him […]

Swarovski Disney Mickey & Minnie Limited Edition

Swarovski Disney Mickey & Minnie Limited Edition

Swarovski’s prestige Disney pieces over the last few years have been very impressive and the latest masterpiece of Swarovski craftsmanship featuring Mickey & Minnie does not disappoint. Mickey & Minnie are expertly embellished with 40’830 crystals, hand-set in Swarovski’s exclusive crystal Pointiage® technique. The models take over 184 hours to […]

Hagen-Renaker & Disney – DISNEYLAND AND THE 1950’s

Hagen-Renaker & Disney – DISNEYLAND AND THE 1950’s

The opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California in 1955 opened the door to worldwide recognition of Hagen-Renaker’s craftsmanship. By the Fall of 1955, the first of the Hagen-Renaker “Disney” pieces were released. Walt Disney is quoted as saying, “they made the finest three-dimensional reproductions of the drawings he ever saw”. […]

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

Toy boxes suddenly started to smell delicious in 1980! Delicious fruity scents of cherry, lemon, raspberry, blueberry, lime and – most of all – strawberry filled our homes. Here was a toy we really didn’t mind buying for our children. Pictured right: Strawberry Shortcake The perfume drifted from a series […]

Rare 50p Coins and 50p Coin Values

Rare 50p Coins and 50p Coin Values

When is a 50p piece not worth 50p? Some UK 50p coins are minted in smaller edition sizes than others. When this happens the 50p piece can increase greatly in value – the Kew Gardens 50p was produced in an edition of 210,000 (£50-£55). Occasionally a 50p coin or other […]

New Madame Alexander Fairy Tale Brides

New Madame Alexander Fairy Tale Brides

Madame Alexander Dolls new Fairy Tale Brides include the Fairy Tale Bride Cinderella – 8″ Collectible Doll, and Fairy Tale Bride Sleeping Beauty – 8″ Collectible Doll. Both are priced at $99.95. Cinderella is ready for her fairytale wedding. Wearing a blue and white shimmering ball gown that any Fairy Godmother would be […]

Matchbox Early Lesney Toys British Road Service Prime Mover Ballast

Ex Matchbox Employee Collection and Yesteryear at Vectis

Specialist Matchbox Sale to include The David Saffery Yesteryear Collection Part 1 and Ex Matchbox Employees Collection Part 1 The Specialist Matchbox sale to be held on the 23rd September starts with the Ex Matchbox Employees Collection Part 1, which includes Early Moko Lesney toys, pre-production models, Regular Wheels and […]

The Charles M. Conlon Photographic Archive sells for $1.7 million

The Charles M. Conlon Photographic Archive sells for $1.7 million

Legendary baseball photographer Charles M Conlon’s photographic archive of over 7,000 images has sold for $1.7m at Heritage Auctions Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction on August 27th and 28th. Between 1904 and 1942, there was no more skilled or dedicated biographer of the United States national pastime than Conlon, whose work serves as the primary visual […]

Royal Crown Derby Strawberry Thief Thrush

Royal Crown Derby Strawberry Thief Thrush

William Morris patterns have influenced design ever since their first appearance. Royal Crown Derby’s latest release is a thrush inspired by one of William Morris’s most famous patterns The Strawberry Thief. The pattern itself takes as its subject the thrushes that Morris found stealing fruit in his kitchen garden of his […]