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With possible PS8k price tag this cute doll is no Barbie.

Byline: Mike Blackburn Stockton Chief Reporter

SHORT of Christmas ideas for the little one - how about this stunning French doll going under the hammer at Vectis toy auctions in Thornaby? But be prepared - the exquisite doll will set you back a cool PS6,000-PS8,000!

Unusually for collectable dolls the Helene Alicia, dating back to 1880s France, is in pristine condition.

The toy features in Tuesday's Dolls and Teddy Bear sale at the worldfamous toy auctioneers which will see an eclectic family collection of extremely well-looked after items up for grabs.

The sale includes high quality bisque character dolls, teddies, African wooden fetish figures, Japanese kobe, automatons, and, as reported in The Gazette, the oldest item Vectis has ever sold, a doll of which six lots are the first of their kind to be sold at Vectis.

An African Kikulu fetish figure |wooden doll, c1891 Other unusual figures and statues are mainly of african origin and date back to the 19th century -.

A typical example: Louise Harker from Vectis said: "They are in the finest condition that you could expect considering that many are antiquities and antiques."

dating back to early 5th century BC Greece.

2 door system up PS625 inc vat 3 door up to 12ft PS1221 inc vat Other lots are Javanese Sempanie wooden rod puppet with an estimate of PS30-PS50; a North african fetish figure from Mali North africa, estimate PS100-PS200; an african bead doll, of the type it is claimed were carried by childless women, estimate PS40-PS60; an african Kikulu fetish figure wooden doll, estimate PS50-PS70 and a pair of African wooden fetish figures, from Baoule Tribe, Ivory Coast, estimate: PS30 -PS50.

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A Javanese Sempanie rod puppet | The Helene Alicia doll features bulbous blue paperweight eyes with darker rims to the iris, pierced ears and is wearing original shoes and socks, and a blue and red silk lace-trimmed dress.

A North African fetish |figure from Bamako, Mali A pair of African wooden fetish figures| A Bru Jeune Celine French fashion doll, circa 1875, is also up for sale with an estimate of PS1,500 - PS2,000 There is also a German Adrian Gebruder Heubach Einco googly-eyed bisque doll, dated from 1913, which could fetch PS2,000 - PS3,000.

up to 6ft wide fitted with interiors 12ft wide fitted with interiors Run In Sliding Since 1978 example: An even earlier example is Lot 4567, an English Queen Anne-type wooden Tabitha doll from 1770-1790, which has a price tag of PS1,800 - PS2,200.

Made to measure | Sliding Wardrobes Hinged Wardrobes | Luxury fitted bedroom furniture Available in a large selection of colours and styles 361 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough 01642 823 003 Kathy Taylor, from Vectis, said: "These late 19th century - early 20th century examples are all in original undamaged condition.

24 Cockerton Green Darlington 01325 464100 Elswick Road, Armsrong Ind Est Washington 0191 417 9174 SHOWROOMS: "These items are usually extremely difficult to find in this condition, clothing in particular, as they tend to be ravaged by time."

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| This Bru Jeune Bebe, |Helene Alicia, dates from 1880s France and is set to go under the hammer at Vectis in Thornaby next week with a price tag of between PS6,000 and PS8,000. With blue paperweight eyes, original shoes and socks and a blue and red silk lace-trimmed dress, she is said to be in pristine condition
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2015
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