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Theriault's sold this French art doll, circa 1914, by sculptor Albert Marque on July 12 for $263,000.00 (including buyers premium), shattering the previous record for a similar model sold in 2003 for $215,000.00.

Big-dollar Beauties: Dolls demand high auction prices

Posted: August 17, 2009 19:57 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Private collections are yielding some rare and coveted dolls to the auction market this year. An art doll from an Italian private collection provoked a heated paddle battle at Theriault's July 12 sale while the Richard Wright Collection at Skinner's will offer up many more supreme examples of doll-making this October. On the eve of France's Bastille Day, Theriault's hammered down the gorgeously-outfitted French art doll for a world record price of $263,000. The previous record was $215,000 for a similar model sold in 2003. Made in Paris by artist Albert Marque circa 1914, the doll came...