Doll by Queen`s daughter on sale

Updated: May 24, 2010, 09:48 AM IST

London: A wax doll dressed by Queen Victoria`s eldest daughter, Empress Frederick of Germany, will go under the hammer here on May 26 and is expected to fetch 1,200 pounds.

The Bonhams sale of Fine Dolls and Teddy Bears will also see a 1920s Lenci doll (estimate 1,000-1,500 pounds), based on filmstar 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.

PTI

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