Estate sales always give me mixed emotions.
Whether it’s stamps, coins or film memorabilia, it’s sad to see a collection, built up with love and care during a life-time, disperse in the course of an afternoon.
But at the same time, it’s wonderful that the labours of an individual can financially benefit his or her family or chosen charity, and provide enjoyment to the new owners.
Now, I’m not normally a fan of dolls, in fact, they make me a little uneasy.
But I couldn’t help being enraptured by a huge collection of rare dolls that went under the hammer in the little Canadian town of Vulcan, Alberta on Saturday.
It was a lifetime’s work for Marjorie Schneider, who died aged 84 last year, to amass the 10,000 dolls.
A fraction of Marjorie Schneider’s doll collection
They ranged from rare porcelain pieces to collectible Chatty Cathys from the 1960s.
The rarest dolls can change hands for up to six figures – an Albert Marque 1914 doll made $168,000 at a Frasher’s auction last month – but the prices here were a little more modest.
This high-end Albert Marque doll sold for $168,000 earlier this year
A Shirley Temple doll sold for $500, while a Pink Splendor Barbie, in all its original packaging, made $575, reports Canada’s Province newspaper.
A Prince Charles doll made $475, proof that even in the doll world, royalty is a big draw.
Auction bidders are always told to leave their emotions at the door, but sometimes sentiment and the collectibles world are inseparable.
All the proceeds from the sale are going to help hospitals in the local area.
“It only seems right that Mom’s dolls would benefit sick kids,” daughter Donna Arrison told the Calgary Herald newspaper.