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Roadshow shock dolls sold for pounds 12,000.

A doll collection displayed in a Warwickshire pub for almost 40 years has fetched nearly pounds 12,000 at auction.

The 100-strong collection from the Golden Cross Pub at Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire, was put on sale after becoming a target for thieves.

Their owner, landlady Mrs Pat Vardy-Smith, has blamed the BBC's Antiques Roadshow for alerting thieves to the potential value of the dolls.

She decided to sell after several thefts over the last year.

The collection ranged from wax dolls from 1845 to the latest Sindy and Barbie creations.

Mrs Vardy-Smith bought her first antique doll in Paris in 1949 and first put on a display in the pub in the early 1960s.

Some were made from hand-painted porcelain and there were three hand-carved dolls from the Door of Hope orphanage in China.

The dolls were snapped up by collectors at Bonhams of London.

A French Jumeau doll, dating back to the 1890s, fetched pounds 2,000 while two century-old German dolls fetched pounds 800 each.

The auctioneers said most dolls went for between pounds 200 and pounds 650 and the collection fetched a total of pounds 11,740.

Mrs Rachel Gotch, head of the Bonhams dolls department, said: "The sale was very well attended and we had some very good prices realised.

"It was a marvellous collection. The owner had been collecting for a long time which is always nice."
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Author:Hunt, Jon
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 13, 1999
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