Doll dressed by Queen Victoria's daughter on sale
A wax doll dressed by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Empress Frederick of Germany, will go under the hammer in London on May 26 and is expected to fetch 1,200 pounds.world Updated: May 24, 2010 10:11 IST
The Bonhams sale of Fine Dolls and Teddy Bears will also see a 1920s Lenci doll (estimate 1,000-1,500 pounds), based on film star Marlene Dietrich.
The empress dressed the doll for a bazaar here to raise funds for impoverished Germans in the city in 1868 and was later bought by financier Baron von Schroder. The doll wears a beautiful long white cotton and lace dress with a pink satin underskirt, layers of underclothing and a ribboned bonnet.
Further highlights include a fine example of a Bru Bebe (estimate 6,000-9,000 pounds); a fine 'Sleeping Beauty' musical automaton (estimate 10,000-15,000 pounds) that winds up to feature a 'breathing' beauty and a prince playing a lute; and a Noah's Ark (estimate 3,000-5,000 pounds) built in Germany in the 1870s, which comes with a complete set of animals, from lions to grasshoppers.