Rare Lenci Josephine Baker Doll on Proxibid

Rare Josephone Baker Lenci Doll

Offered on "I Only Wanted to Wonder", A Marquis Doll Auction
Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 | 11:00 AM Eastern
Description:
18" (46 cm.) Plumply-cheeked light brown wool felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, dark brown side-glancing painted eyes with white eye dots, curly upper lashes, rounded nose with accent dots, very full red felt stitched-on lips, black mohair wig in short bobbed style with forelock curl, stitched-on ears, uniquely-constructed body with voluptuous pose, sculpted bosom, constructed bent elbows, bow-legged knee. Condition: generally excellent, slight banding fade at midriff, few very tiny moth holes. Comments: Lenci, circa 1926, the doll portrays the American-born Parisian dancer, Josephine Baker, in the costume of her most famous performance, "Danse Banane" at the Folies Bergere; the doll was named Josephine in the Lenci catalog. Value Points: extremely rare Lenci model with uniquely-stitch-sculpted body and highly-stylized unique face, wearing well-preserved original costume of felt bananas and leaves, bangle necklace, wrist and ankle bracelets.

Update: This doll closed at: $5,250.00

https://www.proxibid.com/asp/LotDetail.asp?lid=37185172

Auction of The Doll Collection of Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon Los Angeles 24 Jun 2013

The Doll Collection of Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon

The Doll Collection of Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon

The Auction of The Doll Collection of Alexandra and Sidney Sheldon will take place in Los Angeles on 24 Jun 2013

This auction at Bonhams promises to be of interest to collectors of early Lenci dolls from the 1920s and 1930s. With fine examples of Lenci Boudoir Lady dolls, character dolls and child dolls.
A note of caution to serious collectors:  I just noticed lot 5025  titled  "A Lenci felt boy doll" is actually not a Lenci doll. It looks like a French Raynal doll  also I see he is  wearing an added genuine Lenci doll coat over his original outfit. The book Lenci Dolls: Dorothy Coleman also mistakenly identified this same model doll as a Lenci. Additionally, the Skiier doll (lot 5355)  to the right of the picture above is another French made felt doll  that is also misidentified as a Lenci.

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Preview Dates at Bonhams LA
  • 21 Jun 2013 10:00 - 17:00
  • 22 Jun 2013 10:00 - 17:00
  • 23 Jun 2013 10:00 - 17:00

Upcoming auctions: Rare Lenci dolls at auction Jan 14 2012

Lenci Collectors will be delighted to see rare Lenci dolls on the block at Proxibid online auction on Jan 14 2012

Among the listing is a rare Rudolf Valentino Lenci doll and Lenci Lady dolls, Lenci googlies, plus rare ethnic Lenci dolls such as the early Chinese Opium Smoker with pipe and two black Lenci dolls, the smaller black doll with grass skirt  and the Josephine Baker Lenci  seen in the 1926 Lenci catalog. You can see an original 1927 Lenci catalog picture of the Rudolf Valentino Lenci doll in the 1927 Lenci Catalog slide show in the Gallery section.

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Read about Josephine Baker Lenci doll : Celebrity Favorites: Josephine Baker

Beware of Fraudulent Lenci Auction Listing on eBay

I just had an email from Stefanie the owner of this rare Lenci Spanish Lady doll to tell me that her pictures are currenty being used by another seller on ebay  who does not have her doll  - and her doll is NOT for sale. I searched ebay and found an auction using her pictures and a copy of english part of her description  at eBay listing no 130619111628. I am assured by Stefanie that her doll is not for sale and the person using her pictures is using them without her permission. She has notified eBay about this issue.

Her original auction was at this link and that auction is now closed.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160664965846#ht_1682wt_1138

Rare Lenci Spanish Lady for sale on eBay

R JOHN WRIGHT auctions on eBay

R John Wright Flower Fairy - The Christmas Tree Fairy

R John Wright Flower Fairy - The Christmas Tree Fairy on eBay

Several rare and discontinued R JOHN WRIGHT creations are appearing on eBay in time for holiday shoppers to add to their collections. This week a cute white sleeping Christmas Dreams rabbit got a lot of attention.

R JOHN WRIGHT CHRISTMAS DREAMS WHITE RABBIT No 14 of 50 on eBay

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Black Anili Dolls on eBay

This time of the year usually turns up a few treats for Lenci collectors on eBay.  Many of you will already know that Anili is the daughter of Elena Scavini(Madame Lenci). When Madame Lenci sold her company to the Garella's in the early 1930's she stayed on as artistic director for a number of years, and then left the company. Her daughter Anili started a new company called Anili, they made felt dolls dolls under the Anili label. Madame Lenci herself was involved in the design of the dolls so they are of interest to Lenci collectors for this reason. Lenci was Elena Scavini's nickname, it is a diminutive of her original German name 'Helenchen'. When she sold the business she could no longer make dolls under the Lenci name. This week on eBay I see two black Anili dolls that I have not seen before from seller palm7875
They are black dolls in two versions of the Anili doll molds

Black Anili Lady doll on eBay

Black Anili Child Doll on eBay

ANTICA BAMBOLA LENCI TORINO FELTRO ANILI 1920 EPOCA ABITO DOLL GIOCO PANNO ARTE
ANTICA BAMBOLA LENCI TORINO FELTRO ANILI 1920 EPOCA ABITO DOLL GIOCO PANNO ARTE
$46.29
End Date: Sunday Oct-1-2017 13:42:16 PDT
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Vintage 15 Anili Felt Girl Doll w Basket Flowers in Original Box Mint
Vintage 15 Anili Felt Girl Doll w Basket Flowers in Original Box Mint
$79.00
End Date: Sunday Oct-1-2017 14:03:31 PDT
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Vintage 15 Anili Felt Doll w basket bouquet
Vintage 15 Anili Felt Doll w basket bouquet
$65.00
End Date: Wednesday Oct-4-2017 13:15:55 PDT
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LENCI ANILI TARTARUGA TURTLE SCHILDKROTE PUPAZZO felt doll toy poupee bambola
LENCI ANILI TARTARUGA TURTLE SCHILDKROTE PUPAZZO felt doll toy poupee bambola
$53.41
End Date: Sunday Oct-8-2017 7:43:39 PDT
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7068 1985 AUG NATIONAL DOLL WORLD MAGAZINE GRUGNETTO ANILI PAPAER DOLL
7068 1985 AUG NATIONAL DOLL WORLD MAGAZINE GRUGNETTO ANILI PAPAER DOLL
$4.00
End Date: Sunday Oct-15-2017 16:39:35 PDT
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5 1985 APRIL JUNE AUG OCT DEC NATIONAL DOLL WORLD MAGAZINE GRUGNETTO ANILI
5 1985 APRIL JUNE AUG OCT DEC NATIONAL DOLL WORLD MAGAZINE GRUGNETTO ANILI
$19.00
End Date: Monday Oct-16-2017 16:01:48 PDT
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Vintage 15 Anili Felt Doll Kate Scavini
Vintage 15 Anili Felt Doll Kate Scavini
$100.00
End Date: Monday Oct-16-2017 21:12:27 PDT
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1986 Anili Lenci Adam Felt 15 Doll Companion to UFDC Doll San Antonio
1986 Anili Lenci Adam Felt 15 Doll Companion to UFDC Doll San Antonio
$149.99
End Date: Tuesday Oct-17-2017 16:56:03 PDT
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Anili Scavini Adam Felt 15 Doll Companion UFDC Doll San Antonio 1986
Anili Scavini Adam Felt 15 Doll Companion UFDC Doll San Antonio 1986
$77.35
End Date: Monday Oct-23-2017 10:23:20 PDT
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1986 Anili Scavini Kate Felt 15 Doll 1986 UFDC Girl Doll Basket of Flowers
1986 Anili Scavini Kate Felt 15 Doll 1986 UFDC Girl Doll Basket of Flowers
$77.35
End Date: Monday Oct-23-2017 10:59:57 PDT
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Lenci Bambina on ebay this week

1930's Lenci Bambina

Ebay member beamdoggie is selling a rare Lenci Bambina on eBay this week. This is a lovely 1930's Lenci Bambina in fine condition and a treat for some Lenci collector for the holidays. It is rare to see a Lenci bambina at auction so just looking at the pictures is a treat. The seller has added a picture from Nancy Lazenby's book  Lenci: The History and the Dolls that looks like the same exact doll.

Click Here to View the Auction Listing on eBay

Auction Results: The Candy Spelling Collection Lenci Dolls

Below are the Proxibid auction results of the entire selection of Lenci dolls from the recent Candy Spelling Collection auction  - the Lenci Sam black boudior doll fetched $19,000 and the Lenci Josephine Baker went for $11,000. this is nowhere near the high prices of some of bisque dolls that were sold but these are high prices for Lenci dolls nevertheless. If you are a collector who buys or sells on eBay the prices for the dolls below is relevant in terms of current market pricing for the rare character dolls and the near mint condition Lenci dolls.  If you missed the online auction, you may even get a chance to see some of these dolls again. In the days or weeks following a major auction it is not uncommon to find some of the same dolls listed on eBay for resale. So take note of the prices and bookmark this page for your reference. Scroll down for the details Continue reading

Upcoming Auction: The Candy Spelling Collection Lenci Dolls

Lenci collectors are in for a treat. The Candy Spelling doll collection is going under the hammer in a couple of weeks time. Just looking at the pictures on the Proxibid web site, of some of the rarely seen dolls from the Candy Spelling collection is a rare chance to view examples of Lenci dolls that any avid Lenci collector would drool over.
There is a fine Josephine Baker of 1926 and the pouty 300 series Lenci skater, Lenci boudoir dolls and more - a real treat for the eyes and a chance for some lucky winning bidders to take home some prize examples of Lenci dolls from the most desirable years of production. Continue reading