There is definitely something a bit unnerving about dolls, as even the most ardent doll fan would probably admit. And the more lifelike they get, the more those eyes seem to be staring at you… ‘Lifelike’ is certainly a description that can apply to the German example sold at Bonhams Knightsbridge for £200,000 on September 24, with the London auctioneers saying it was a world auction record for any doll.
The Kämmer & Reinhardt model 108 bisque (porcelain) head character doll c.1909-12, standing 2ft 1¼in (64cm) tall, previously sold at Sotheby’s Important Dolls and Toys auction in February 1994. Since that sale, no other example has been found according to Bonhams. It is therefore possible that this doll was an experimental mould. more