A new world auction record was established for an antique doll this weekend when Theriault’s, the specialty auction house for antique childhood items, drew heated bidding for a seldom seen French art doll, circa 1914, by sculptor Albert Marque. The doll realized $263,000.00 (including buyers premium), shattering the previous record for a similar model sold in 2003 for $215,000.00.
At the huge international event held in Atlanta, Theriault’s, the 40-year firm based in Annapolis, MD, offered over 1000 pieces amidst frantic bidding and numerous additional records. But, it was the doll by Albert Marque, dressed in its period clothing to honor the Ballets Russes of Paris, first introduced to international acclaim in 1909, which stole the show as bidders drove the price amidst gasps and cheers from the thousands of global attendees.
A prominent Boston collector, who was in attendance, eventually won the doll.
Theriault’s President, Stuart Holbrook, commented that, “While the perception may be that antiques would be subject to a stronger pricing scrutiny in uncertain economic times, these times, in fact, actually have an opposite effect of inspiring people to appreciate quality even more.”
Founded in 1970, Theriault’s is the largest auction house in the world dealing exclusively in antique dolls, toys, and teddy bears. Conducting over 30 live auctions annually in 20 U.S. cities they cater to an international clientele of collectors for what is considered to be one of the top 5 most popular collectibles categories.
For more information visit www.theriaults.com.