Fame is not exclusive to people. It applies to stuffed animals too! Ever wondered what the most famous ones where?
Steiff Louis Vuitton Bear
More popularly known as the most expensive stuffed toy of all time, the fully dressed bear in a classic Louis Vuitton ensemble with a matching mini luggage case was bought by Jessie Kim from Korea at a whopping $2.1 million at a 2000 Monaco auction. How the digits rose, no one knows for sure as the toy didn’t bear any precious metal or stone. It’s currently displayed at the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Island.
Titanic Mourning Bear
In light of the Titanic tragedy and as a symbol of mourning in 1912, six hundred black bears of five varying sizes were made and released into the British market. Only a few of these can be found today but perhaps the most popular was that sold in Christie’s South Kensington auction seventeen or so years ago for $140,000. What’s interesting is that the toy, in exceptionally good condition, was a product of oversight. Its then owner said she didn’t like it so she’s kept it in a wardrobe for years.
Diamond Eyes Bear
Nothing screams more luxurious than the Steiff diamond eyes teddy bear. Manufactured to celebrate the German brand’s 125th anniversary, it came with eyes made of crafted diamonds and sapphires. Its fur was made of golden thread and its snout was nothing but pure gold. Only 125 of these were ever made making them quite the collectible item. During their release, they were priced at $84,000 a piece. But it’s been years since then, they’re more valuable now and would surely fetch more. The only question is who’s going to want to give one up?
Of the stuffed animals presented in this list, Teddy Girl is special. First because it’s definitely one of a kind and second because it’s got quite the story to tell. A 1904 cinnamon Steiff bear, it was initially given to Bob Henderson as a kid during his birthday. When he grew up, he later fought in the World War II as a Colonel in the British Army. He brought the toy with him to battle, neatly tucked to his side. After passing away, the toy formed part of his estate and was sold in an auction where Japanese businessman Yoshihiro Sekiguchi bought it for $160,000.
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